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Vocabulary

Concept: Compound Words

Definition

  • 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.

Examples:

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  • 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

Closed compounds are a combination of two words that don’t have a hyphen in between the words.

Examples :

  • I love to eat cupcakes.
  • My mother bought some strawberry from the market.

Hyphenated Compounds

Hyphenated compounds are a combination of two words that have a hyphen in between both the words.

Examples :

  • He is a broad-minded person.
  • Your parents care for your well-being.

Open Compounds

Open Compounds are a combination of two words which are separated by a space.

Examples :

  • Ram is eating an ice cream.
  • He is in the high school.

Common Errors

  • Don’t get confused between the types of compound words. It is important to recognize which words take hyphens and which words don’t.
  • Incorrect and Correct Usage :

    ✔ Life-long

    ❌ Life long

  • 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.
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