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Vocabulary 08 - Compound Words formed from 'Head'
Flowers in pots - 'Flowerpot' is a compound word formed from 'flower' and 'pot'.

Vocabulary 08 - Compound Words formed from 'Head'

The English language has eight parts of speech, two of which - nouns and verbs - play important roles, as they are always found in sentences. Other parts of speech, such as adjectives and adverbs, are almost as important if you want to communicate effectively.

We have learnt that nouns are classified into different types, such as single nouns, abstract nouns, collective nouns and compound nouns. While the other types of nouns are by and large stand-alone words, compound nouns are formed by making use of two other words. Compound words are made without changing the original words in any way. Usually, two base words are placed side by side and a new word is formed.

The words news, stand and paper are stand alone words and from these three words two new words can be formed - newsstand and newspaper. You will notice that there is no change in the original words and they are simply placed side by side to form the new words.

It is not the case that any two words can be used together to form compound words. From the words flower, petal, bud and pot only one compound word can be formed - flowerpot.

Over time words were continuously being added to the English language and new words were introduced. This is still going on today. Many of these new words are compound words.

There are many compound words that are formed with one main word to which other words are added to give many new compound words. One such word is HEAD. Play this quiz and expand your knowledge of compound words that can be formed with head as the primary word.
1.
Choose the compound word that describes the caption at the top of a magazine or newspaper article.
Headletter
Headword
Headline
Headparagraph
'Headline' is a compound word formed by 'head' and 'line'. 'Headword' is also a compound word but it is a word which begins a separate entry in a reference work rather than a caption at the top of a magazine or newspaper article. The other two options are not recognised words
2.
Choose the compound word that describes the leader or head of a tribe or a village.
Headvillage
Headman
Headchief
Headleader
'Headman' is a compound word formed by 'head' and 'man'. The other three options are not recognised words
3.
Choose the compound word that describes a count of the number of people present.
Headnumerals
Headdigit
Headnumber
Headcount
'Headcount' is a compound word formed by 'head' and 'count'. The other three options are not recognised words
4.
Choose the compound word that describes a continuous pain in the head.
Headache
Headpain
Painhead
Achehead
'Headache' is a compound word formed by 'head' and 'ache'. The other three options are not recognised words
5.
Choose the compound word that describes an upright panel at the end of a bed where the head rests.
Headboard
Headtop
Headpanel
Headmat
'Headboard' is a compound word formed by 'head' and 'board'. The other three options are not recognised words
6.
Choose the compound word that describes things or items that are worn on the head.
Headgear
Headcap
Headhat
Headpanama
'Headgear' is a compound word formed by 'head' and 'gear'. The other three options are not recognised words
7.
Choose the compound word that describes a device used for listening to music privately.
Phoneheads
Bandheads
Headphones
Headbands
'Headphones' is a compound word formed by 'head' and 'phones'. The other three options are not recognised words
8.
Choose the compound word that describes a padded support for the head on the back of a car seat.
Headpad
Headback
Resthead
Headrest
'Headrest' is a compound word formed by 'head' and 'rest'. The other three options are not recognised words
9.
Choose the compound word that describes the chief or main office of a company or establishment.
Headplace
Headcentre
Officehead
Headquarters
'Headquarters' is a compound word formed by 'head' and 'quarters'. The other three options are not recognised words, although 'office' and 'head' do work together in 'head office', which means the same as 'headquarters'. However, it is a collocation and not a compound word as there is a space between the two words
10.
Choose the compound word that describes the characteristic of a person who is determined and wilful.
Stronghead
Headstrong
Headheavy
Heavyhead
'Headstrong' is a compound word formed by 'head' and 'strong'. The other three options are not recognised words
Author:  V T Narendra

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