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    Is Baseball a Compound Noun

    The English teacher with whom I co-teach taught today that the word baseball is not a compound noun. Every English grammar book that I have checked states that it is a compound noun. I do not have a great working relationship with this young teacher, so I don't want to talk to him about it, but I need to know if I've been misinformed all these years. Any help is appreciated!

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    Re: Is Baseball a Compound Noun

    It is a compound noun.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Mar-2014 at 18:54.

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    Re: Is Baseball a Compound Noun

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/baseball?s=t

    Have you considered looking in a dictionary?

    "Baseball" was very clearly formed from the words "ball" and "base."

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    Re: Is Baseball a Compound Noun

    Ha Ha, Dave, I have not considered looking in a dictionary. That would have been way to easy.

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    Re: Is Baseball a Compound Noun

    I am not a teacher.

    As an aside, although I know it would be wrong, I am tempted to call the ball one uses in baseball, a baseball ball and not -as the dictionary tells me- a baseball.

    The bat is a baseball bat, and the cap is a baseball cap and so on. If the ball is a baseball that makes it sound as if the game should be called base.

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    Re: Is Baseball a Compound Noun

    Would you call a football (whatever shape you think one should be) a "football ball?"

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    Re: Is Baseball a Compound Noun

    I am not a teacher.

    No, and if you'd been paying attention you would have noticed that I said that I knew it would be wrong.
    However, where I grew up, football was played with the foot so there is logical sense in calling it, and the game, "football".

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    Re: Is Baseball a Compound Noun

    I did see what you said and I agree it is unnecessary to add another "ball" when talking about the object. I don't see that it is wrong, just a bit redundant.

    I am not sure I see what distinction you are trying to make. Football is played with a football. Baseball is played with a baseball. In football you use your feet. In baseball you use bases.

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    Re: Is Baseball a Compound Noun

    In football you use your feet. In baseball you use bases.
    What do you use in softball?




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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Mar-2014 at 19:02.

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    Re: Is Baseball a Compound Noun

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    What do you use in softball?
    soft?

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