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IELTS and Compound Nouns

Compound nouns are great to use in both the IELTS speaking and writing as they are a good way of adding variety to your vocabulary.

In this week’s IELTS class we have been thinking about compound nouns. A compound noun is a noun made up of more than one word but acts as a single unit. They are very useful to use in both IELTS speaking and writing as they are a good way of adding variety to your vocabulary.

There are 3 forms of compound nouns

  1. Spaced  - there is a space between the words (football boot)
  2. Hyphenated – there is a hyphen between the words (step-sister)
  3. Closed – there is no space between the words (sunrise)

Activity

Put the 3 forms in to the correct sentence.

Spaced

     bus stop    full moon    tennis shoe    apple tree    swimming pool
  1. I always meet my friends at the ______
  2. My children love to climb in the ______
  3. My dog always barks when there is a ______
  4. I take my son to the _______ on Tuesdays
  5. Have you seen my ______ anywhere?

Hyphenated

   mother-in-law    baby-sitter    dining-table    water-bottle    paper-clip
  1. I can never find a ______ for my documents when I need one
  2. My ______ comes to lunch every Sunday
  3. We have a very kind and caring ______ for our newborn
  4. When I go running I always take a ______ with me
  5. Please put the plates on the ______

Closed

        toolbox   toothbrush    housework    boyfriend    thunderstorm
  1. The weather forecast has predicted a ______
  2. My ______ is very romantic and always buys me flowers
  3. We do the ______ together every Sunday afternoon
  4. I like to buy a new ______ very month
  5. Please put my hammer back in the _______
IELTS and Compound Nouns. English blog post.

Answers

Spaced

  1. I always meet my friends at the bus stop
  2. My children love to climb in the apple tree
  3. My dog always barks when there is a full moon
  4. I take my son to the swimming pool on Tuesdays
  5. Have you seen my tennis shoe anywhere?

Hyphenated

  1. I can never find a paper clip for my documents when I need one
  2. My mother-in-law comes to lunch every Sunday
  3. We have a very kind and caring baby-sitter for our newborn
  4. When I go running I always take a water-bottle with me
  5. Please put the plates on the dining-table

Closed

  1. The weather forecast has predicted a thunderstorm
  2. My boyfriend is very romantic and always buys me flowers
  3. We do the housework together every Sunday afternoon
  4. I like to buy a new toothbrush very month
  5. Please put my hammer back in the toolbox

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