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Compound Words

What is a compound Word?

Compound words  are made up of two (or more) separate words. You can combine nouns (a flatmate), adjectives (lovesick) or verbs (jump-start) to make compound words. Practice these words with your online Teacher.

Sometimes they become one word

flatmate (noun)
lovesick (adjective)

Sometimes they become two words:

tourist guide (noun)
travel agent (noun)

Sometimes they become hyphenated:

low-paid (adjective)
film-goer (noun)


Note: There are no hard and fast rules about which category each compound word goes into but a good dictionary will tell you. You can also help yourself by making a note of new compound words you come across and the category they go into.

Generally the stress is on the first word:

phone-box (noun)
smoke-free (adjective)
spoon-feed (verb)


Practice your use of compund words during your class with your skypeclass Teacher.