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Compound Adjectives

A compound adjective is a single adjective comprising more than one word.  The words in a compound adjective are usually grouped together using hyphens.

Examples:

four-foot table, 12-page magazine, free-range eggs, never-to-be-forgotten experience, well-known lawyer 

Compound adjectives can also be grouped using italics, quotation marks and title case (i.e., capital letters). This is covered more in the lesson Alternatives to Hyphens in Compound Adjectives.

Interactive example:

He took the beach-surfing buggy on a 4-week training camp. [show me the compound adjectives]
Associated pages:
 
What are adjectives?
What are compound adjectives?
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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