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
Regardless of whether a verb, an adjective, or a noun is added to the noun, a compound noun is always considered a noun, rather than a verb or an adjective.
Countable or Uncountable
Compound nouns can be categorized into two groups based on whether they can be counted or not:
- 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.
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