Compound Words

Compound words are made when two or more words join (with or without a hyphen) to form a new word and subsequently, a new meaning.

E.g: The word black is an adjective and board is a noun, but if you join them together, they form a new word - blackboard.

There are three different types of compound words:

Closed form Hyphenated form and Open form

1. Closed form: Two words are joined together to create a new meaning. For example: firefly, softball, redhead, keyboard, makeup and notebook.

2. Hyphenated form: The words are joined together by a hyphen. For example: daughter-in-law, over-the-counter, six-year-old.

3. Open form: The words are open but when read together, a new meaning is formed.

For example: post office, real estate, full moon, half sister. Compound Nouns are formed by combining two nouns. Compound Adjectives are a combination of the following parts of speeches: The combination of Noun + Adjective The combination of Noun+ Verb In compound nouns, the stress usually falls on the first syllable.

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