What are "Compound Words"? -- A compound word consists of two or more base words. Meaning of Compound word is often different from the separate base words. | Compound Words and Parts of Speech | Compound words are mostly nouns, adjectives, and verbs. | Kinds of Compound Words | Compound words are of three types: A. Closed Compound Words: Words are joined together. There is no space or hyphen between the words. Examples: firefly / softball / redhead / keyboard / makeup / notebook. B. Hyphenated Compound Words: Words are joined together by a hyphen. Examples: daughter-in-law / over-the-counter / six-year-old |C. Open Compound Words: Words are not joined together. Words are open or separate. In other words, there is a space between the words. Examples: post office / real estate / full moon / half sister | Some general rules regarding use of hyphens: Compound Adjectives are often hyphenated-- If compound adjective precedes a noun, they are hyphenated -- low-paying job [low- paying is a compound adjective; job is a noun]; good-looking celebrity [good-looking is a compound adjective; celebrity is a noun] | Adverbs that end in -ly and compounded with another modifier are not hyphenated: quietly organized meeting / highly placed sources . Also note: 1. Some compound words which are hyphenated in American English are not hyphenated in British English. Example: cash-back [American English]; cashback [British English] | 2. Some compound words may have more than one form but these forms may belong to different parts of speech. Examples: bread and butter [open form] [noun], bread-and-butter [closed form] [adjective]; charge sheet [open form][noun], chargesheet [closed form] [verb]; fast track [open form] [noun], fast-track [hyphenated form] [adjective, verb]; first degree [open form] [noun], first-degree [hyphenated form] [adjective]; full time [open form] [noun], full-time [hyphenated form] [adjective, adverb]; gift wrap [open form] [noun], gift-wrap [hyphenated form] [verb]; hard core [open form] [noun], hard-core [hyphenated form] [adjective]; hard line [open form] [noun], hard-line [hyphenated form] [adjective]; road test [open form] [noun], road-test [hyphenated form] [verb]; second hand [open form] [noun], second-home [hyphenated form] [adjective]; Formation of Compound Words- Compound Words Are Formed In The Following Ways: A. Compound words with adjective and adjective: adjective + adjective bittersweet / blue-black / red-hot / white-hot |B. Compound words with adjective and noun: adjective + noun- blackboard / black man / bluebird / common room / concrete idea / deep-sea / electric light / fool play / free trade / full-length / high school / hot water / last-minute / loudspeaker / low-key / madman / midday / monthly ticket / nobleman / old boy / poorhouse / red heart / shorthand / smallpox / stronghold / sweetheart / wild boar / widespread | C. Compound words with adjective and verb: adjective + verb - broadcast / clear-cut / dry-clean / fulfill / safeguard / whitewash | D. Compound words with adjective and past participle: adjective + past participle - cold-blooded / kindhearted / long-haired / long forgotten / old-fashioned / short-sighted / well-known / well-mannered | E. Compound words with adjective and present participle: adjective + present participle - free-standing / good-looking / hardworking / long-lasting / speed walking | (F). Compound words with adverb (or preposition) and adjective: adverb (or preposition) + adjective - ingrown / over wide / under ripe | G. Compound words with adverb (or preposition) and noun: adverb (or preposition) + noun - afterlife / afterthought / background / backdate / bypass / downstairs / downfall / forehead / foresight / in-group / in-service / inside / offshore / offspring / off-shoot / online / outlaw / outpatient / over change / overcharge / overripe / overdose / overnight / overweight / underground / underline / underworld / upgrade / upstairs
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