We have learnt in our English classes that nouns play an important role in understanding the language. We have also learnt that nouns can be classified into different types such as common nouns, abstract nouns, collective nouns and compound nouns. In this quiz we study compound nouns.
Compound nouns, as their name suggests, are made up of two words and can be formed by using various combinations of nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions and adverbs. The meaning of the compound word could be different from either of the two other words used to make it or it could have some relation to the two words. Here are some examples:
GIRLFRIEND is a compound noun formed out of two single nouns, GIRL and FRIEND.
LOOKOUT is a compound noun formed from the verb LOOK and the adverb OUT.
BYPASS is a compound noun formed by using an adverb BY and a noun PASS.
STRONGHOLD is a compound noun formed by the adjective STRONG and the noun HOLD.
OUTCOME is a compound noun formed using an adverb OUT and a verb COME.
MAKESHIFT is a compound noun formed from the verb MAKE and the noun SHIFT.
UNDERPASS is a compound noun formed by using a preposition UNDER and a noun PASS.
TRYOUT is a compound noun formed from a verb TRY and a preposition OUT.
One of the main features of the compound words that we have examined is that there is no change effected to the original words. They are just placed side by side and that is it! It becomes a new noun which is a compound noun. The beauty about compound nouns is that many new words keep on getting added to the list as they are created out of usage in different parts of the world. Take this quiz and learn some of the different compound nouns that can be formed by combining two other words.