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Learn French > French lessons and exercises > French test #350 Compound words
Words can be combined to form compound nouns. They normally have two parts. The second part identifies the object or person in question (man, friend, tank, table, room). The first part tells us what kind of object or person it is, or what its purpose is ) (police, boy, water, dining, bed
The two parts may be written in a number of ways :
1. as one word. Example: policeman, boyfriend
2. as two words joined with a hyphen. Example: dining-table
3. as two separate words. Example: fish tank.
There are no clear rules.
The two parts
noun + noun bedroom water tank motorcycle printer cartridge
noun + verb rainfall haircut train-spotting
noun + adverb hanger-on passer-by
verb + noun washing machine driving licence swimming pool
verb + adverb lookout take-off drawback
adjective + noun greenhouse software redhead
adjective + verb dry-cleaning public speaking
adverb + noun onlooker bystander
adverb + verb output overthrow upturn input
Try to build compound words with these words:
Example: boy + friend = boyfriend green, hair , room, printer, bed, licence, cut, washing, machine, driving, house, pool, cartridge , swimming End of the free exercise to learn English: Compound words A free English exercise to learn English. Other English exercises on the same topic : Compound words | All our lessons and exercises
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