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    I have just studied in a grammar book that " a large number of compound nouns are built up with the help of suffixes and prefixes. The prefixes may be added to: verbs.

    eg.
    to abolish-abolishion
    to accept-acceptance
    to accuse-accusation
    etc

    Now, my question is the following: are the words abolishion. acceptance, accusation, etc compound nouns?

    As far as I know, compound nouns are built up of two or more parts/words.

    eg. butterfly, redhead, upgrowth, heavyweight, outlaw, income, outcome, downpour, downbreak, etc

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    Default Re: Compound Nouns

    Question: Are the words abolition. acceptance, accusation, etc compound nouns?

    Answer: No, they are nouns created by the addition of suffixes to other words. Compound nouns are, as you stated, two nouns put together.

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    Default Re: Compound Nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    I have just studied in a grammar book that " a large number of compound nouns are built up with the help of suffixes and prefixes. The prefixes may be added to: verbs.

    eg.
    to abolish-abolishion
    to accept-acceptance
    to accuse-accusation
    etc

    Now, my question is the following: are the words abolishion. acceptance, accusation, etc compound nouns?

    As far as I know, compound nouns are built up of two or more parts/words.

    eg. butterfly, redhead, upgrowth, heavyweight, outlaw, income, outcome, downpour, downbreak, etc - these are compound nouns

    Madox
    Hi Madox

    Abolishion. acceptance, accusation, etc are not compound nouns. These are new words formed by suffixation, i.e. by adding a suffix to the end of a word to form a new word:
    e.g. abolish[verb] + suffix -ion = abolishion [noun]
    play [verb] + suffix - ed = played [past tense/past participle form of the verb play]

    The same thing happens with prefixation, when a prefix is put in front of the root or stem of a word to form a new word:
    dis[prefix] + charge = discharge
    dis [prefix] + charge + ed [suffix] =discharged

    Suffixes and prefixes are called affixes. Affixation is the process or the act of putting a suffix or a prefix to the root of a word to form a new word.

    Compound words are made when two words are joined to form a new word :
    e.g. news + paper = newspaper
    table+ cloth = tablecloth


    I hope it helps you.
    Last edited by Teia; 25-Aug-2007 at 19:26.

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    Default Re: Compound Nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi Madox

    Abolishion. acceptance, accusation, etc are not compound nouns. These are new words formed by suffixation, i.e. by adding a suffix to the end of a word to form a new word:
    e.g. abolish[verb] + suffix -ion = abolishion [noun]
    play [verb] + suffix - ed = played [past tense/past participle form of the verb play]

    The same thing happens with prefixation, when a prefix is put in front of the root or stem of a word to form a new word:
    dis[prefix] + charge = discharge
    dis [prefix] + charge + ed [suffix] =discharged

    Suffixes and prefixes are called affixes. Affixation is the process or the act of putting a suffix or a prefix to the root of a word to form a new word.

    Compound words are made when two words are joined to form a new word :
    e.g. news + paper = newspaper
    table+ cloth = tablecloth


    I hope it helps you.
    Thank you for your reply,

    Even though I had know all these information, I was puzzled when I read in a grammar book that those words ( abolishion, acceptance, etc) were compound nouns. It seems to be a terrible mistake in that book.

    Madox

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    Default Re: Compound Nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    Thank you for your reply,

    Even though I had know all these information, I was puzzled when I read in a grammar book that those words ( abolishion, acceptance, etc) were compound nouns. It seems to be a terrible mistake in that book.

    Madox
    I myself found a lot of mistakes in grammar books, so, don`t be astonished at what you might find from now on regarding this problem.

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    Default Re: Compound Nouns

    By the way:
    I know of only one spelling for abolition.

    abolition
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    Also, have you tried Infoplease.com? It has both a dictionary and an encyclopedia. It also has an almanac and quizzes about various things. It also has news articles. You can learn more there than you ever wanted to know. (Go to Infoplease: Encyclopedia, Almanac, Atlas, Biographies, Dictionary, Thesaurus. Free online reference, research & homework help..)

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