Nouns 04 - Compound Nouns
'Wallpaper' is a compound noun formed from 'wall' and 'paper'.

Nouns 04 - Compound Nouns

In the previous quizzes we learnt about nouns and the different types of nouns. We learnt more about compound nouns and the way to form different compound nouns from different words. We continue in the same vein in this quiz.

Compound nouns can be formed by combining almost all of the types of words that form parts of speech. Most compound nouns are formed by just placing the two words side by side in a particular order only. We cannot simply place two words side by side in any order. For instance, consider the words BED and ROOM which together form the compound noun BEDROOM. Now, when we try to place the words in the reverse order we get a word ROOMBED, which does not form a compound noun. Another example is DRAWBACK which is formed out of two words DRAW and BACK and the word BACKDRAW does not form a compound noun. However, BACK and DROP combine to form BACKDROP which is a compound noun.

While most compound words become a composite word, there are some words which need a hyphen between the two words. While, for instance, SUN and RISE combine to form a single word SUNRISE, DRY and CLEAN combine to form the hyphenated word DRY-CLEAN. The need to place a hyphen between the two words is not out of any rule but out of a need to be clearer. For example, when we use words such as WATER we can form the compound noun WATERBED but we cannot form WATERBODY. However, we can write WATER-BODY to mean a lake or a sea. On the other hand, we could use three versions of the two words ICE and BOX to form ICEBOX, ICE-BOX and ICE BOX and in all the three cases they would be the correct usage. Thus, there is no hard and fast rule to hyphenate but it is possible to be clearer if we use the hyphen selectively.

Play the quiz that follows to learn more compound words and it will help to increase your English vocabulary.

1.
Pick the compound noun formed from two of these four words - FAST, SLOW, RAPID and BREAK.
Rapidslow
Breakrapid
Breakfast
Breakslow
'Breakfast' is a compound noun formed out of a verb and a noun. In this case the word 'fast' does not mean 'rapid' but 'a period of not eating'. The other three options do not make much sense
2.
Pick the compound noun formed from two of these four words - DARKNESS, LIGHT, PITCH and DAY.
Lightdarkness
Pitchlight
Pitch-darkness
Pitchday
'Pitch-darkness' is a compound noun formed out of a verb and a noun. The other three options do not make much sense. Note that the word 'daylight' can also be formed
3.
Pick the compound noun formed from two of these four words - OFF, OVER, IN and TAKE.
Inover
Take-off
Offin
Inoff
'Take-off' is a compound noun formed out of a verb and an adverb. The other options do not make much sense. Note that 'offtake' can also be formed, as can 'intake' and 'takeover'. 'Overtake' can also be formed but it is a verb rather than a noun
4.
Pick the compound noun formed from two of these four words - LASTING, DAY, GO and EVER.
Daylasting
Golasting
Evergo
Everlasting
'Everlasting' is a compound noun formed out of an adverb and an adjective. The other three options do not make much sense
5.
Pick the compound noun formed from two of these four words - SPOTTING, CAR, DOWN and TRAIN.
Train-spotting
Train-down
Spotting-car
Down-car
'Train-spotting' is a compound noun formed out of a noun and a verb. The other three options do not make much sense
6.
Pick the compound noun formed from two of these four words - FALL, RAIN, WATER and AIR.
Fallwater
Waterair
Fallrain
Rainfall
'Rainfall' is a compound noun formed out of a noun and a verb. Note that 'waterfall' can also be formed but 'fallwater' can not. The other two options do not make much sense
7.
Pick the compound noun formed from two of these four words - PAPER, CLOTH, NEWS and RADIO.
Papernews
Newspaper
Clothnews
Radiocloth
'Newspaper' is a compound noun formed out of two nouns. The other three options do not make much sense
8.
Pick the compound noun formed from two of these four words - TURN, UP, IN and OF.
Inof
Ofup
Ofturn
Upturn
'Upturn' is a compound noun formed out of an adverb and a verb. The other options do not make much sense
9.
Pick the compound noun formed from two of these four words - THROW, BACK, TURN and OVER.
Throwover
Backturn
Turnthrow
Overthrow
'Overthrow' is a compound noun formed out of an adverb and a verb . The other three options do not make much sense. Note that the words 'turnover', 'throwback' and 'overturn' can also be formed
10.
Pick the compound noun formed from two of these four words - CYCLE, CAR, DRIVE and MOTOR.
Motorcycle
Cycledrive
Carmotor
Carcycle
'Motorcycle' is a compound noun formed out of two nouns. Note that 'motorcar' can also be formed but 'carmotor' can not. The other two options do not make much sense
Author:  V T Narendra

© Copyright 2016-2019 - Education Quizzes
TJS - Web Design Lincolnshire
View Printout in HTML

Valid HTML5

We use cookies to make your experience of our website better.

To comply with the new e-Privacy directive, we need to ask for your consent - I agree - No thanks - Find out more