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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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