Compound words in English – English Vocabulary & Grammar Lesson
In English, we sometimes use compound words in order to be descriptive and thorough going in our explanations. For ESL students, compounds can be quite difficult. In this video, Ceema teaches you all about compounds so that you can use them correctly to speak fluent English.
Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie: three words near and dear to many American hearts. Actually, the words have more in common than Americana; they are members of a category of words called compound words.
What are Compound Words?
Compound words are formed when two or more words are put together to form a new word with a new meaning. They can function as different parts of speech, which can dictate what form the compound takes on.
Compound words are so prevalent in the English language we don’t think much about them – until it’s time to write them. Then we often have to stop and think about how they’re put together.
Some examples of compound words are mentioned below :
Brain Storm - a spontaneous group discussion to produce ideas and ways of solving problems.
Scapegoat - A person or group that is made to bear blame for others.
Aftermath - A consequence, especially of a disaster or misfortune.
Backfire - To come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect.
Daredevil - A reckless person who enjoys doing dangerous things.
Frostbite - An injury to body tissues caused by exposure to extreme cold, typically affecting the nose, fingers, or toes and often resulting in gangrene.
Ironclad – Something or Someone Sheathed with iron plates for protection.
Carefree – Someone who is not being burdened by trouble, or worry.
Milestone - An important event, as in a child's development, the history of a nation, or the advancement of knowledge in a field; a turning point.
Outlaw – A person who has broken the law, especially one who remains at large or is a fugitive.
Panhandle - To approach strangers and beg for money or food.
Wholesale - The business of selling of goods in large quantities and at low prices, typically to be sold on by retailers at a profit
Eyeball – To stare at another with intent to threaten or insult
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