Compound Nouns Worksheets

All About These 15 Worksheets

These compound nouns worksheets include a variety of exercises designed to help students identify, understand, and use compound nouns correctly. These may include:

  1. Matching exercises – Students match two words to form a compound noun.
  2. Fill-in-the-blank exercises – Students complete sentences by adding a suitable compound noun.
  3. Identification exercises – Students identify the parts of speech combined to form a compound noun, and construct their own compound words using a combination of defined parts of speech.
  4. Writing exercises – Students make their own closed and open compound nouns.
  5. Complete the word exercises – These activities require students to pair a word each to a list of words to turn them into various forms of compound nouns.

In addition to these exercises, these worksheets on compound nouns may also include explanations of different types of compound nouns, such as open, closed, and hyphenated compounds.

By completing these worksheets, students will be able to:

  • Understand the different forms of compound nouns such as open, closed, and hyphenated compounds;
  • Construct their own compound nouns;
  • Be familiar with commonly used compound nouns;
  • And learn how different parts of speech can be combined to form compound nouns.

What are Compound Nouns?

Compound nouns are nouns that are made up of two or more words joined together to form a single entity that functions as a noun. The words that make up the compound noun can be either separate or connected by a hyphen or they can be combined into one word.

Examples of compound nouns include:

  • toothbrush (tooth + brush)
  • bookcase (book + case)
  • sunflower (sun + flower)
  • chocolate chip cookie (chocolate + chip + cookie)
  • high school (high + school)

Compound nouns can be formed by combining a pair of different parts of speech such as two nouns, an adjective and a noun, a verb and a noun, or a preposition and a noun. They are commonly used in everyday language and can help to make writing more concise and efficient.

Open, closed, and hyphenated compound nouns are three different types of compound nouns, and students’ knowledge and mastery on them will be tested in these worksheets.

  • Open compound nouns – An open compound noun is formed by joining two or more words together without any spaces or hyphens. Examples include “coffee table,” “school bus,” and “air conditioning.”
  • Closed compound nouns – A closed compound noun is formed by joining two or more words together into a single word without any spaces. Examples include “bedroom,” “toothbrush,” and “notebook.”
  • Hyphenated compound nouns – A hyphenated compound noun is formed by joining two or more words together with a hyphen. Examples include “self-esteem,” “mother-in-law,” and “six-pack.”

It is important to note that there can be some variation in how compound nouns are written, and different style guides may recommend different forms. For example, some words that are written as open compounds in American English are written as closed compounds in British English. Similarly, some compound nouns may be written with or without a hyphen depending on the context and usage.

Why are learning Compound Nouns important for students?

Understanding the different types of compound nouns can help students to recognize and use them correctly in their writing and speaking. In summary, these worksheets on compound nouns provide students with an opportunity to practice and reinforce their understanding of this important aspect of English grammar. By using these worksheets, the students can build their vocabulary, improve their writing skills, and become more confident in their ability to communicate in English.