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    Structure of compound noun

    “Construction equipment”, “musical instrument” and “writing instrument” are compound nouns and similar in nature, they are equipment/instruments made by man to perform specific tasks, but they are different in structure.

    “construction equipment” is noun + noun,
    “musical instrument” is adjective + noun,
    “writing instrument” is present participle + noun

    Other similar examples are “dancing school” and “music school”, “wooden box” and “paper bag”, etc.

    Are there rules governing the formation of compound nouns?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 24-Feb-2014 at 13:25. Reason: Removed unnecessary statement now title is fixed

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    Re: tructure of compound noun

    See the Similar Threads below and look at this useful article on the subject (click on the underlined link).
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-Feb-2014 at 18:57.

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