Compound nouns

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  • astridhasday
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    22 December, 2007 at 12:15
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    Does anybody know if the word "car accident" is a compound noun?
    Thanks,
    Astrid

    lxguy
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    26 January, 2008 at 16:39
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    Reply To: Compound nouns

    Basically,a compund noun is a noun phrase composed of two other nouns.It can be one word,in the case of“doghouse”,or two words,like“English teacher”.So we can regard "car accident" as a compound noun.By the way,when you form a construction like this,always place emphasis/stress on the first of the two nouns.

    Pruthiraj
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    2 August, 2010 at 7:32
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    Reply To: Compound nouns

    A compound noun is a noun that is made up of two or more words. Most compound nouns in English are formed by nouns modified by other nouns or adjectives.

    For example:

    The words tooth and paste are each nouns in their own right, but if you join them together they form a new word – toothpaste.

    The word black is an adjective and board is a noun, but if you join them together they form a new word – blackboard.

    In both these example the first word modifies or describes the second word.

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