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Compound Words: Definition & Types
You might have heard people asking to use more compound words. In this story, we discuss what they are and their types.
are made up of two or more words working together to form a single word (or a phrase that functions as a single word).
Most parts of speech, such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and even prepositions, are used to create compound words.
father (noun) + in (preposition) + law (noun)
= father-in-law (noun)
, commonly referred to as
, are frequently mistaken to be the same, but they are extremely different.
Each individual word in compound words stays the same. Portmanteau, only use portions of each word.
sitcom (Portmanteau)= situational + comedy
There are three types of compound words:
have spaces between the words
, for example, ice cream, living room, high school, etc.
Open Compound words
do not have spaces
between the words, e.g., keyboard, everybody, makeup, etc.
Closed Compound words
between the words, like merry-go-round, mother-in-law, empty-handed, etc.
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