The Compound Noun

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.

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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.

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