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Compound (linguistics)

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Compound words are words that add together to make a new word, like the word side and walk, to make sidewalk. These words often develop over time.[1] They can start as two words joined with a hyphen, and then become a compound word. There are three types of compound words; closed, hyphenated and open.[1] A closed compound word is joined into one word like keyboard or makeup. A hyphenated word is two words joined with a hyphen like mother-in-law. Open compound words are words which are used together like police station, or fire engine.

Common compound words

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This is a list with some common compound words.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Compound Words". grammar.ccc.commnet.edu. 2005. Archived from the original on 13 June 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.