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COMPOUND NOUNS

Words can be combined to form compound nouns. They normally have two
parts. The second part identifies the object or person in question (man, friend,
tank, table, room). The first part tells us what kind of object or person it is, or
what its purpose is (police, boy, water, dining, bed)
The two parts may be written in a number of ways :
1. as one word.
Example: policeman, boyfriend
2. as two words joined with a hyphen.
Example: dining-table
3. as two separate words.
Example: fish tank.
There are no clear rules.
The two parts Examples

bedroom
water tank
noun + noun
motorcycle
printer cartridge
rainfall
noun + verb haircut
train-spotting
hanger-on
noun + adverb
passer-by
washing machine
verb + noun driving licence
swimming pool
lookout
verb + adverb take-off
drawback
greenhouse
adjective + noun software
redhead
dry-cleaning
adjective + verb
public speaking
onlooker
adverb + noun
bystander
output
overthrow
adverb + verb
upturn
input

Choose the word that makes each of these nouns into a compound noun.

1. Fund __________ (A – driver, B – seat, C – raiser)


2. News __________ (A– paper, B – story, C – travels)
3. Sun ____________ (A– day, B – glasses, C – heat)
4. Child ___________ (A – hood, B – ren, C – play)
5. Door ___________ (A– frame, B – handle, C – way)
Answer Key: 1 – C, 2 – A, 3 – B, 4 – A, 5 – C
Fill in the blanks to complete each compound noun, or with the one-word compound noun
that fits best.

1. Prevent a heart _________ by eating properly and getting enough exercise. (A – stroke, B –
attack, C – murmur)
2. Do you prefer peppermint or cinnamon flavored _________? (A– cookies, B – toothpaste,
C – applesauce)
3. The full ___________ looked enormous as it rose over the horizon. (A – moon, B – sun, C –
sunset)
4. I’m going to the barber for a _____________. (A – trim, B – new style, C – haircut)
5. They’re digging a new swimming ____________ in the park. (A – suit, B – pool, C – game)
6. I’d love to learn to pilot an ____________ (A–boat, B – airplane, C – submarine)
7. One reason donuts are fattening is that they’re fried in cooking _____. (A – oil, B – sugar, C
–pans)
8. Sherrie is upset because she lost an ______________. (A – input, B – earring, C –
friendship)
9. We put a ____________ in the garden to chase birds away.(A – runway, B – sunshade, C –
scarecrow)
10. I’ve got to pick up a package at the post ___________. (A – man, B – office, C – book)
Answer Key: 6 – B, 7 – B, 8 – A, 9 – C, 10 – B, 11 – B, 12 – A, 13 – B, 14 – C, 15 – B

Select the appropriate Word and write it in the blank space: ACCOUNT – CIRCUITS – COURTS –
FAIRY – GAS – HUMAN – POCKET - POLAR – POT – SAFETY.

1. The Russian Arctic is home of the _____________ bear and many other species.
2. If those two wires touch, the appliance will short-_____________ and probably go up in.
3. I need to withdraw some money out of my bank _____________.
4. No _____________ being should have to suffer what these people have suffered.
5. My mum gives me $1 a week _____________ money.
6. Please, make coffee and serve it in our new coffee _____________.
7. A _____________-pin is used for fastening things, especially cloth.
8. The _____________ tale princess lived happily ever after.
9. Natural _____________ is used for cooking and heating homes in our country.
10. I hate playing on hard tennis _____________ - I much prefer grass.