This page was first created on the 11th of April, 2014 and last updated on the 28th of February, 2017 by Patrick Carpen.
Tags: The Noun, Nouns, The Compound Noun, Parts of Speech, English Grammar, Usage.
First, Understand what is a Simple Noun
A simple noun is one word that names a place, person, thing or idea, examples: fish, tooth, brush, hand, bag, fairy.
Definition of the Compound Noun
On the other hand, a compound noun is a noun which is made up of two or more words.
Compound Nouns Can Be Made of Two Separate Words
A compound noun may be made up of two or more words which stand separately, but still name just one person, place thing or idea, examples: bus stop, full moon.
Two Simple Nouns Fused to Form One New Word
A compound noun may be made up of two or more words which are joined to make a new word, examples: handbag, football, toothbrush.
Two Simple Nouns Connected With A Hypen
A compound noun may be made up of two or more words which are connected with a hyphen, examples: runner-up, round-trip, mother-in-law.