Compound Words in English

Payal Khullar

Payal Khullar is a Linguist, who loves reading and writing, amongst other things. Graduate Honors in Botany and Masters in Linguistics, she is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. Computational Linguistics Program at IIIT Hyderabad.

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5 Responses

  1. Thank you for the very informative post 🙂

  2. kanai nobokanto says:

    thanks for ur information but I wanna know if there is any classification or types as open, hypen and close compound assure me as soon as possible

    • @Kanai nobokanto: Yes, when we talk about the writing notations, we can classify compound words as open, closed and hyphenated.
      Open compound words are those where the two or more constituent words are written with a space in between, for example post office, class teacher, black board, etc.
      In closed compound words, the constituent words have to be joined together as one word, for example classmate, baseball, grandfather, etc.
      Hyphenating the compound word is usually, but not always, the preference of the writer. For example, the compound words like mother-in-law, double-talk, etc. are hyphenated, i.e. written with a hyphen in between.

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