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    Smile how to use compound word?

    several compound word like one-a-million chance is quiet fascinating ,but now, the thing is how to use it?
    can word be combined by ourselves as we like as the the phrase given above?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grey View Post
    several compound word like one-a-million chance is quiet fascinating ,but now, the thing is how to use it?
    can word be combined by ourselves as we like as the the phrase given above?
    Compound word is different from phrase. A compound word is formed by putting two words together to make a new word which must have a dictionary meaning and a definite parts of speech. So they are used in a sentence like any other parts of speech. Just have a look at examples of few compound words. You can not form compound words by combining any two words you like.

    Into- preposition ; The train chugged into the station.
    Lifetime-adjective :He has a lifetime membership in the organization.
    anybody-pronoun ; There isn't anybody in the office.
    sweetmeat-noun : I do not like this sweetmeat.
    somewhat- adverb: I am not angry but just somewhat disturbed.

    For your information one-a-million is not the correct phrase. It should be one in a million meaning: Extraordinary, rare

    A phrase can fucntion as noun, adjective or preposition etc.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 24-Nov-2009 at 16:07.

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    Re: how to use compound word?

    thanks
    if i uses hyphen to connect two or more word become a phrase
    like factory-made product or something else like this act as an adjective
    could it be correct or wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grey View Post
    thanks
    if i uses hyphen to connect two or more word become a phrase
    like factory-made product or something else like this act as an adjective
    could it be correct or wrong?
    Yes, some compound words are formed using hyphen because they can not be combined to form one word, such as: mother-in-law, editor-in-chief, but they too have dictionary meaning. But if you try to hyphenate the word black with bird (black-bird), you can not define this as crow. It has no dictionary meaning. Factory-made is a compound word having longtime use, where as homemade is one word. Overall, hyphenated compound words are the exception, but they do follow some patterns. Unless there is a strong reason to keep a hyphen, hyphens usually get dropped and the word either reverts to two words or is combined into a single word. In other words 'hyphen' has a very restricted use in forming compound words.

    Please remember a phrase is completely different from compound word.A phrase is a group of related words that does not include a subject and verb. (If the group of related words does contain a subject and verb, it is considered a clause.)
    Last edited by sarat_106; 25-Nov-2009 at 03:49.

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