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What Are Compound Nouns? (with Examples)A compound noun is one comprising at least two words. (Sometimes, they are hyphenated.)
Examples of Compound NounsHere are some examples of compound nouns:
Hyphens in Compound NounsThere are three forms for compound nouns:
- With Spaces: swimming pool, grey matter, fish tank
- Without Spaces: shotgun, housework, eyelid
- With Hyphens: baby-sitter, laughing-gas, daughter-in-law
Composition of Compound NounsMost compound nouns are made up of two nouns or an adjective and a noun. For example:
- Noun + Noun: Bath tub, witchcraft, seaman, wall-paper
- Adjective + Noun: Hardware, highway, full moon, whiteboard
|Part of Speech||+||Part of Speech||=||Compound Noun|
|Sauce (noun)||+||Pan (noun)||=||Saucepan|
|Soft (adjective)||+||Ware (noun)||=||Software|
|Sun (noun)||+||Rise (verb)||=||Sunrise|
|In (preposition)||+||Flux (noun)||=||Influx|
|Out (preposition)||+||Put (Verb)||=||Output|
|Check (verb)||+||Out (preposition)||=||Checkout|
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