English Course Online 55
- Vocabulary related to
- Grammar point: Compound nouns
1/ Vocabulary Practice
- Compound nouns
- to contemplate
- It has just occurred to him
- how funny
- the realisation
- sparked off by
- to brush up
- French grammar
- In particular
- how a noun is often used as an adjective
- looking out the
- The first noun does not have a plural this is called a compound noun.
- the living room:
- the television screen?
- coffee pot
- to contain
- What type of ?
- trouser belt
- to keep up.
- bottle opener
- sparkling water.
- “A penny for your thoughts dear”
- it occurred to me
- Not always
- for every rule, there is an exception.
- to stick together
- side by side.
- an apostrophe
- to belong to another
- John’s chair
- Susan’s cup.
- Let’s discuss
- John’s holiday.
2/ Grammar Practice
3/ Sentence Practice
John has arrived home and he is now in the living room contemplating where to go on holiday.
It has just occurred to him how funny the English language is sometimes.
His realisation has been sparked by him brushing up on his French grammar.
In particular how a noun is often used as an adjective.
He has been looking out the living room window. The first noun does not have a plural, this is called a compound noun.
Where’s the window? It is in the living room:
What is the screen on the wall? It is is part of the television hence the television screen?
What does a coffee pot contain? It is a pot to put coffee in.
What type of belt do I wear? I wear a trouser belt to keep my trousers up.
What is a bottle opener for.I am thirsty and I would like a glass of sparkling water. How do I open the bottle?
His wife Susan enters and says “A penny for your thoughts dear”.
I was studying French and it occurred to me that compound nouns in English are always in the singular.
Not always dear. This is English. For every rule in English, there are exceptions.
If a word is always in the plural then it will be in the compound noun, Clothespeg. It’s not clothpeg,
Don’t forget that short nouns are stuck together; teapot, some are separated with hyphens bus–stop.
Some are just written side by side. I will get you a bottle opener for your sparkling water.
We use the s as an apostrophe if one thing belongs to another. John’s chair and Susan’s cup.
Let’s discuss John’s holiday.
4/ Practice Quiz
Complete the quizzes below.
- Today’s comprehension interactive video:
- Today’s sentences drag and drop:
- Today’s grammar fill in the right words: