28 October 2020
How many English words do you already know? Today we will tell you how to double your vocabulary using compound nouns - having memorized one such word, 2 new ones appear in your vocabulary at once! How is this possible?
Compound noun (complex noun) is a noun that consists of two words, where the first word denotes the characteristic of the object (black), and the second (board) - the object itself. When combined, we get a word with a completely new meaning.
While I was cooking a hot dog for the breakfast, James mashed the toothpaste into the keyboard.
There are 4 compound nouns in this sentence, consider them:
From the examples we can see that each part of a compound noun necessarily has its own meaning, which changes when a compound noun is created.
We can combine parts of a complex noun in 3 ways by placing between words:
Lifehack: unfortunately, these rules of the formation of complex nouns are very relative (we are studying English, everything is not so easy here), so if you are in doubt about the spelling, it is better to ask the dictionary.
So what parts can a compound noun be made of?
The elements of a complex noun can be:
In this case, a verb, like a noun, can be in the first or second place in a compound noun.
So, now you can easily remember and recognize complex nouns in the English language, and if you find it difficult to spell correctly, you know what to do!
Author: Yana Kosur
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