VOCABULARY 18: COMPOUND ADJECTIVES

VOCABULARY 18: COMPOUND ADJECTIVES

Hello ladies and gentlemen! How is it going? This week we´re going to talk about vocabulary and it´s time for compound adjectives. Are you well-organised? Are you hard-working? What´s a compound adjective? Can you create it yourself? Are there any rules? If you don´t know the answers, you must read this post. Go on!

WHAT´S A COMPOUND ADJECTIVE?

A compound adjective is an adjective made by joining two (or more) words and the two words are normally connected with a hyphen (-).

HOW ARE COMPOUND ADJECTIVES CREATED?

A compound adjective can be created by different combinations:

*ADJECTIVE + NOUN + ED (e.g. blue-eyed, right-handed…)

*ADJECTIVE + NOUN (e.g. short-term)

*ADJECTIVE + PAST PARTICIPLE (e.g. long-forgotten)

*ADJECTIVE + PRESENT PARTICIPLE (VERB+ING) (e.g. good-looking, easy-going…)

*NOUN + NOUN (e.g. part-time)

*ADVERB + PAST PARTICIPLE (e.g. well-known)

*NUMBER + NOUN (e.g. two-hour, five-minute…)

There are a lot of combinations but the previous ones are the best known. Here you have many examples of compound adjectives.

*Badly-paid

*Well-paid.

*Half-witted

*Four-wheel

*Internationally-recognized

*Tax-free

*Husband-to-be

*Dark-haired

*Self-centred

*Male-dominated

*Light-hearted

*Environmentally-friendly

*Centrally-heated

*Old-looking

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