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Compound Nouns

Compound nouns are formed by two words that act as a single unit (a noun). They can be written as a single word, joined by a hyphen, or as two separate words. Some compound nouns can be written in more than one way, and no clear rule exists on how compound nouns are written. Some examples include:

Compound nouns are written as a single word:
  • Horseshoe
  • Highway
  • Bloodhound
  • Paperback
  • Pullover

Compound nouns joined by a hyphen:
  • Well-being
  • Fire-Engine
  • Gun-carriage
  • Rib-eye
  • Six-wheeler

Compound nouns written as two separate words:
  • Small talk
  • Concealed carry
  • City centre
  • Hound dog
  • Cleaning lady

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