Compound Words

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Compound Words :


Compound Nouns may be formed from...



  1. Noun + Noun

    Examples : Moonlight, armchair, postman, railway, teaspoon



  2. Verb + Noun

    Examples : Sweetheart, shorthand, black–board, stronghold, nobleman



  3. Verb + Noun

    Examples : spendthrift, makeshift, breakfast, pickpocket, cut - throat



  4. Gerund + Noun

    Examples : drawing–room, writing-desk, looking-glass, spelling-book



  5. Adverb or Preposition + Noun

    Examples : outlaw, overcoat, downfall, inmate, inside



  6. Verb + Adverb

    Examples : drawback, lookup, go–between, send off



  7. Adverb + verb

    Examples : outset, upkeep, outcry, income, outcome



  8. Compound Adjectives

    Examples : sky-blue, snow-white, pitch-dark, red-hot, ever-lasting, never-ending



  9. Compound Verbs

    Examples : waylay, browbeat, overthrow, foretell, upset


Examples :


  1. Her father is a Music-Composer.


  2. Ratha is a Science-teacher.


  3. My brother is telephone-operator.


  4. Ramu is a vegetables-vendor.


  5. Devi is a tailor. Dress-making is her job.


  6. Antony loves travelling. Sight-seeing is his hobby.


  7. Mythili is a housewife house-keeping keeps her busy.


  8. Sam likes chocolates, but he does not like chewing-gum.


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