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A '''compound noun''' is a [[noun phrase]] made up of two [[noun]]s, e.g. ''bus driver'', in which the first noun acts a sort of [[adjective]] for the second one.
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A '''compound noun''' is a [[noun phrase]] made up of two [[noun]]s, e.g. ''bus driver'', in which the first noun, the attributive noun, modifies the second one, the head noun.  Note that attributive nouns occur immediately before the head noun, that is, after any attributive adjectives, and that attributive nouns normally appear in the singular, even if count nouns.  (This final point is a stumbling block for some students.)
  
 
There are three typical structures.
 
There are three typical structures.
  
 
==Noun + noun==
 
==Noun + noun==
*the ''car keys''; a ''bottle opener''; a ''language teacher'';
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*the ''car keys''; a ''bottle opener''; a ''language teacher'';
 
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The two nouns can be written separately (''taxi driver''), separated by a hyphen (story-teller), or as one word (''classroom'').
 
The two nouns can be written separately (''taxi driver''), separated by a hyphen (story-teller), or as one word (''classroom'').
  

Revision as of 12:01, 20 August 2009

A compound noun is a noun phrase made up of two nouns, e.g. bus driver, in which the first noun, the attributive noun, modifies the second one, the head noun. Note that attributive nouns occur immediately before the head noun, that is, after any attributive adjectives, and that attributive nouns normally appear in the singular, even if count nouns. (This final point is a stumbling block for some students.)

There are three typical structures.

Noun + noun

  • the car keys; a bottle opener; a language teacher;

The two nouns can be written separately (taxi driver), separated by a hyphen (story-teller), or as one word (classroom).

This structure is often used in newspaper headlines.

Noun + preposition + noun

  • a dictionary of quotations; a court of law;

Noun + 's + noun

  • Spain's economy; a hornet's nest;[1]

See also

References


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