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Compound Words
'Ladybird' is an example of a compound word.

Compound Words

This KS2 English quiz takes a look at compound words. Compound words are two words together to make a new word. The English language contains many compound words. 'Ladybird' is a good example - it's not a lady, or a bird!

If you are unsure whether a word is a compound word or not, see how many words within the main word there are. If there are two words (that can be complete words in their own right), then you’ve got a compound word.

Compound words are made from two whole words, so be careful not to be tricked by prefixes when you try this English quiz.

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1.
Find the compound word in the following sentence.
My auntie looked in her handbag for a tissue.
auntie
looked
handbag
tissue
Handbag = hand + bag.
2.
Find the compound words in the following sentence.
I always thought it was a mistake to try to grow strawberries inside the fridge.
mistake, strawberries
mistake, fridge
strawberries, inside
inside, fridge
Strawberries = straw + berries / inside = in + side ('in-' can also be a prefix, as in 'inconsiderate', but here it has the meaning of the whole word 'in').
3.
Find the compound word in the following sentence.
They were unable to build a snowman because there wasn't enough snow.
unable
build
snowman
enough
Snowman = snow + man.
4.
Find the compound word in the following sentence.
My mum enjoys reading the newspaper every evening.
enjoys
reading
newspaper
evening
Newspaper = news + paper.
5.
Find the compound words in the following sentence.
Billy couldn't find room in the suitcase for his football.
couldn't, room
couldn't, suitcase
room, football
suitcase, football
Suitcase = suit + case / football = foot + ball.
6.
Find the compound words in the following sentence.
The headteacher raised her eyebrow when we tried to explain our practical joke.
headteacher, eyebrow
raised, eyebrow
tried, practical
explain, joke
Headteacher = head + teacher / eyebrow = eye + brow.
7.
Find the compound word in the following sentence.
The waves crashed against the base of the ancient lighthouse.
waves
crashed
ancient
lighthouse
Lighthouse = light + house.
8.
Find the compound words in the following sentence.
She gave a gentle stir with the teaspoon and then replaced the lid on the teapot.
gentle, teaspoon
teaspoon, replaced
teaspoon, teapot
replaced, teapot
Teaspoon = tea + spoon / teapot = tea + pot.
9.
Find the compound word in the following sentence.
On our science trip, we saw butterflies, wasps, ants and mosquitoes.
science
butterflies
wasps
mosquitoes
Butterfly = butter + fly.
10.
Find the compound words in the following sentence.
In the afternoon, the grass was so warm and dry that the children decided to go barefoot.
afternoon, grass
afternoon, barefoot
children, decided
decided, barefoot
Afternoon = after + noon / barefoot = bare + foot.

 

Author:  Sheri Smith

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