Compound Nouns for intermediate learners
Compound nouns are formed when two or more words are joined together to create a new word that has an entirely new meaning.
What Are Compound Nouns?
When two or more words are put together and used as a noun in a sentence a 'compound noun' is formed.
Using Compound Nouns
'Compound nouns' are used to make new words with new meanings:
Foot (noun) + ball (noun) = football (compound noun)
She is his
Girl (noun) + friend (noun) = girlfriend (compound noun)
How to Make Compound Nouns
There are different ways to make compound nouns. Here are the most common structures:
You can see a few examples below:
Air + port →
Noun + noun → compound noun
High + school →
Adjective + noun → compound nouns
Rain + fall →
Noun + verb → compound noun
Remember whether a verb or an adjective is added to the noun or not the compound noun is always considered a noun not a verb or an adjective.
Countable or Uncountable
Based on we can count compound nouns or not they are categories into two groups:
- Countable compound nouns
- Uncountable compound nouns
I found two
Here the compound noun 'car park' is countable.
Here the compound noun 'fast food' is uncountable.