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Nouns 05 - Compound Nouns
Is this an Oceanbow, a Doctorbow, a Rainbow or a Bowrain?

Nouns 05 - Compound Nouns

The different parts of speech are fundamental to learning English and nouns are a very important part. Nouns help you to identify your friends or pets. Nouns help you to convey an idea to someone or express your feelings for someone. Nouns are classified into different types such as common nouns, abstract nouns, collective nouns and compound nouns.

FIRE is a single noun and so is WOOD. Now, combining these two words we get FIREWOOD, which becomes a compound noun. Have you not done a CARTWHEEL to impress your friends? How do you think the word CARTWHEEL was formed? Yes! The word is a compound noun formed from two single nouns, CART and WHEEL. In this quiz you will learn to form compound nouns from single nouns.

Consider the compound noun TEAHOUSE formed from TEA and HOUSE. While there are no set rules for forming compound nouns, a rule of thumb is that the second noun, HOUSE, identifies the object or person in question and the first noun, TEA, tells us what kind of object or person it is. The compound noun so formed should make sense. Thus, TEAHOUSE is the compound noun we are looking for. A teahouse is a place where tea and light refreshments are served popularised in China and Japan.

Compound nouns formed from two single nouns usually have some relationship with the two nouns. For instance, the teahouse itself is a good example as tea is served in a place with a homely atmosphere. Remember compound nouns are simply formed by placing the two nouns side by side and in a particular order. In the teahouse example the reverse placing, that is, HOUSETEA, does not form a compound noun. Take the quiz that follows and learn more about compound nouns and their formation from other nouns.

1.
Identify the compound noun which can be formed from two of the nouns - BRIGHT, HOUSE, HAND and LIGHT
Handhouse
Lighthouse
Lightbright
Househand
You might have seen a lighthouse when you visited the beach and in earlier times such lighthouses were used to guide ships. The other options do not make much sense
2.
Identify the compound noun which can be formed from two of the nouns - HOUSE, WORK, HATE and PRIDE
Househate
Housework
Pridework
Workhate
Housework is something similar to homework and it refers to performing work in the house such as dusting or cleaning. The other options do not make much sense
3.
Identify the compound noun which can be formed from two of the nouns - PLAIN, MELON, WATER and FIRE
Melonplain
Waterfire
Watermelon
Melonfire
Watermelons are a very juicy type of melon with a sweet pink interior flesh. The other options do not make much sense
4.
Identify the compound noun which can be formed from two of the nouns - SAND, SEA, PAPER and BAG
Sandpaper
Papersea
Bagsea
Bagsand
Surfaces are made smooth by rubbing sandpaper on them. The other options do not make much sense. SAND and BAG can also be combined to make 'sandbag'. Sandbags are used by the army and to control floods
5.
Identify the compound noun which can be formed from two of the nouns - RIVER, STORE, STATE and ROOM
Roomriver
Storeriver
Statestore
Storeroom
The compound noun STOREROOM is formed from two nouns STORE and ROOM. A storeroom is a room where you store things. The meaning of the compound noun is derived from the meanings of the two single nouns. The other options do not make much sense
6.
Identify the compound noun which can be formed from two of the nouns - GIRL, PRINT, FINGER and FRIEND
Printgirl
Friendfinger
Girlprint
Fingerprint
Fingerprints are used to identify persons and you would have learnt that the police take fingerprints at a crime scene. The other options do not make much sense
7.
Identify the compound noun which can be formed from two of the nouns - GREEN, GIRL, WATER and HOUSE
Greengirl
Watergreen
Greenhouse
Girlgreen
A greenhouse is a place where fruits and vegetables are grown under controlled conditions and without the influence of outside climate. The other options do not make much sense
8.
Identify the compound noun which can be formed from two of the nouns - HOUSE, STONE, COFFEE and BUILDING.
Coffeehouse
Buildingstone
Housecoffee
Buildingcoffee
While there are no set rules for forming compound nouns, a rule of thumb is that the second noun (house) identifies the object or person in question (coffee), and the first noun tells us what kind of object or person it is. The compound noun so formed should make sense. Thus, 'coffeehouse' is the compound noun we are looking for. A coffeehouse is a place where people drink coffee
9.
Identify the compound noun which can be formed from two of the nouns - RAIN, BOW, DOCTOR and OCEAN
Oceanbow
Doctorbow
Rainbow
Bowrain
You must have seen lots of rainbows over the sky on a rainy day. Compound nouns formed from two single nouns usually have some relationship with the two nouns. For instance, a rainbow is formed from light being refracted and reflected by RAIN droplets and is visible across the sky in the shape of a BOW. The other options do not make sense
10.
Identify the compound noun which can be formed from two of the nouns - LADY, BAG, HAND and PARK
Baghand
Handbag
Ladyhand
Handpark
A handbag is something you have seen ladies carry. The other options do not make much sense. PARK and HAND would make sense if they were put together as PARKHAND instead of HANDPARK. A parkhand is a handyman who works in a park
Author:  V T Narendra

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