186101 (HS2161) Technical English I Lecture Notes Nominal Compounds


Nominal Compounds
A compound noun is a fixed expression, which is made up of more than one word.
Compound nouns normally have two parts. Usually, the second part identifies the object or person in question. The first part tells us what kind of object or person it is, or what its purpose is.
The nominal compound can be made of any of three combinations.
1.       Noun + Noun
 Bedroom
       Water tank
      Motorcycle
2.       Noun + Verb
      Rainfall
      Haircut
Error spotting
3.       Noun + adverb
         Hanger on
        Passer by
4.       Verb + noun
        Washing machine
      Driving licence
      Swimming pool
5.       Adjective+ Noun
      Green house
       Software
Redhead
6.       Adjective + verb
         Drycleaning
         Publicspeaking
7.       Adverb + noun
        Onlooker
          Bystander
(I.e) information centre----centre for information
Exercises
1. Mercury thermometer
2. Control tower
3. Roller mill
4. Space travel
5. Friction loss
6. Heat treatment
7. Copper wire
8. Steel bridge
9. Concrete structure
10. Tea break.
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