Some compound words in English:
1. Look at these compound words in English and see if you know what they mean:
a) pencil sharpener b) dishwasher c) zookeeper
d) well-known e) good-natured f) candlelight
g) strawberry h) policeman / policewoman i) firefighter
j) police officer k) bathroom / restroom l) bedroom
m) wheelchair n) living room o) well-organized
p) staple gun q) seafood r) soap opera
s) copy machine t) houseboat u) gentleman
v) newspaper w) file cabinet x) keyboard
y) hard drive z) hard-core aa) roommate
bb) classmate cc) coffee maker dd) coffee table
ee) can opener ff) woodworker gg) remote control
hh) videocassette recorder ii) video camera jj) tape recorder
kk) ill-mannered ll) ill-advised mm) well-being
nn) toothbrush oo) mouthwash pp) tablecloth
qq) garage sale rr) electric chair ss) typewriter
tt) entertainment center uu) software vv) ___________________
2. Can you list any more compound words? List them in the space below:
3. A) Do compound words exist in your native language?
B) How are compound words in English different from compound words in your
native language? Are they formed in the same way, or differently?
4. Look at the compound words again in the list above. Notice that: a) some are joined
together with no space; b) some are together with a space in between; and c) some are
joined together with a hyphen (-). Can you find some rule or pattern which explains how
they are put together?
5. Choose any ten compound words and use each one in a real-to-life sentence.