Concept: Compound Words
- Compound words are those that are formed by joining two words together.
- These words might have their own meaning and at times they might have more than one meaning as well.
- In the first example, ‘Light’ and ‘House’ are two words. We have combined both the words to make one word ‘Lighthouse’.
- In the second example, ‘Ice’ and ‘Cream’ are two words. We have combined both the words to make one word ‘Ice cream’.
- Here are some of the examples of mostly used compound words.
|Sea + Shell =||Seashell|
|Straw + Berry =||Strawberry|
|Cup + Cake =||Cupcake|
|Well + being =||Well-being|
|Ice + cream =||Ice cream|
Types of Compound Words
There are three types of Compound words.
- Closed Compounds
- Hyphenated Compounds
- Open Compounds
Closed compounds are a combination of two words that don’t have a hyphen in between the words.
- I love to eat cupcakes.
- My mother bought some strawberry from the market.
Hyphenated compounds are a combination of two words that have a hyphen in between both the words.
- He is a broad-minded person.
- Your parents care for your well-being.
Open Compounds are a combination of two words which are separated by a space.
- Ram is eating an ice cream.
- He is in the high school.
- Don’t get confused between the types of compound words. It is important to recognize which words take hyphens and which words don’t.
- In the first example, there are two words “life” and “long”. After combining both the words, we get the word “life-long” and a hyphen in between.
Incorrect and Correct Usage :
❌ Life long