Compound Adjectives - 249

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Compound Adjectives.


Compound Adjectives are also formed in various ways. 

1. By adding,

(a) Noun to Noun. 

(b) Noun to Adjective.

(c) Noun to Participle. 

(d) Noun to Noun as Participle.

(a) Shipshape (= in good order). 

(b) Homesick, lifelong-, knee-deep, praiseworthy, selfsame, sea-green, waterproof.

(c) Cloth-bound, frost-bitten, heartbroken, life-giving, home-made.

(d) Rubber-soled, stream-lined, round-shouldered, gold-plated.

2. By adding,

(a) Adjective to Adjective. 

(b) Adjective to Noun as Participle.

(c) Adjective to Participle.

(d) Adjective to Adverb.

(a) Blue-black, red-hot, mock-modest, suchlike.

(b) Good-natured, grey-haired, old-fashioned, shortsighted. 

(c) Clean-shaven, good-looking, high-strung, left-handed.

(d) Straightforward. …

3. By adding, 

(a) Adverb to Adjective.

(b) Adverb to Participle.

(c) Adverb to Verb. 

(d) Adverb to Adverb.

(a) Evergreen.

(b) Bygone, downtrodden, ill-fitting, well-known.

(c) Well-to-do. 

(d) Roundabout. …

4. By adding,

(a) Verb to Adverb. 

(b) Verb to Verb.

(c) Verb to Noun.

(a) A go-ahead young man, a knock-out blow, a run-away horse, a tumble-down cottage. 

(b) A touch-and-go matter.

(c) A roll-top desk. …

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