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Nouns 03 - Compound Nouns
'Grasshopper' is a compound noun formed from the words 'grass' and 'hopper'.

Nouns 03 - Compound Nouns

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.

1.
Find the compound noun which can be formed from two of these four words - ROOM, BED, WATER and COT.
Bedroom
Bedwater
Bedcot
Cotwater
'Bedroom' is a compound noun formed out of two single nouns. Note that 'waterbed' could also be formed but 'bedwater' could not. The other two options do not make much sense
2.
Find the compound noun which can be formed from two of these four words - WORLD, VIEW, PART and UNDER.
Partworld
Partunder
Underworld
Viewunder
'Underworld' is a compound noun formed out of a preposition and a noun. 'Underpart' could also be formed but not 'partunder'. The other two options do not make much sense
3.
Find the compound noun which can be formed from two of these four words - HAIR, DO, DONE and CUT.
Haircut
Dohair
Cuthair
Donecut
'Haircut' is a compound noun formed out of a noun and a verb. Note that you could also form 'hairdo' but not 'dohair'. The other two options do not make much sense
4.
Find the compound noun which can be formed from two of these four words - HEAD, RED, BLUE and GREED.
Bluegreed
Redhead
Greedhead
Redgreed
'Redhead' is a compound noun formed out of an adjective and a noun. The other three options do not make much sense
5.
Find the compound noun which can be formed from two of these four words - BACK, FRONT, DRAW and PULL.
Pulldraw
Drawpull
Pullfront
Drawback
'Drawback' is a compound noun formed out of a verb and an adverb. The other three options do not make much sense. Note that you could also form 'pullback'
6.
Find the compound noun which can be formed from two of these four words - OUT, CART, SIDE and PUT.
Sideout
Sideput
Cartput
Output
'Output' is a compound noun formed out of an adverb and verb. Note that 'outside' could also be formed but 'sideout' could not. The other two options do not make much sense
7.
Find the compound noun which can be formed from two of these four words - BOARD, GREY, SELL and BLACK.
Boardsell
Blackgrey
Blacksell
Blackboard
'Blackboard' is a compound noun formed out of an adjective and a noun. The other three options do not make much sense
8.
Find the compound noun which can be formed from two of these four words - LOOKER, OF, ON and TEN.
Lookerten
Tenof
Onlooker
Lookerof
'Onlooker' is a compound noun formed out of an adverb and a noun. The other three options do not make much sense. The word 'often' could be formed but it is not a compound noun - it is an adverb and not related to the words 'of' or 'ten'
9.
Find the compound noun which can be formed from two of these four words - THRIFT, EARN, GIVE and SPEND.
Spendthrift
Triftspend
Earnspend
Giveearn
'Spendthrift' is a compound noun formed out of a verb and a noun. The other three options do not make much sense
10.
Find the compound noun which can be formed from two of these four words - OUT, BACK, CHECK and LAND.
Landout
Checkout
Landback
Checkland
'Checkout' is a compound noun formed out of a verb and a preposition. The other three options do not make much sense. Note that the word 'outback' can also be formed
Author:  V T Narendra

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