Word formation in English

The English accent has a ability for the accumulation of alive admixture words. Accepted examples cover sun-stroke, pick-pocket, elbow-room, land-lord, humming-bird etc.

The two locations of a admixture chat are usually afar by a hyphen. However, in the case of abounding accepted admixture words, the basic locations accept become so carefully affiliated that they are now accounting as one chat after any abutment amid them.

Examples are: sunstroke, landlord, pickpocket, afflict etc.

And in the case of some added admixture words, complete affiliation has been accomplished by modifying one or both of the basic parts.

For example, canyon time is now accounting as pastime. In the aforementioned way, angelic day has become anniversary and prime rose has become primrose.

There are altered types of admixture words

Noun + noun

Examples are: master-piece, table-cloth, maid-servant, bread-winner, shoe-maker etc.

Noun + gerund

Examples are: wool-gathering, snake-charming, bull-baiting, sooth-saying etc.

Noun + adjective

Examples are: court-martial, knight-errant

Gerund + noun

Examples are: piping-hot, walking-stick, drawing-room, laughing-stock, skipping-rope etc.

Adverb + noun

Examples are: out-patient, over-load, fore-sight, under-tone, in-sight etc.

Verb + noun

Examples are: dare-devil, cut-throat, break-fast, spend-thrift, pass-port etc.

Adjective + noun

Examples are: short-hand, free-thinker, lay-man, hard-ware, strong-hold etc.

Present participle + noun

Examples are: humming-bird, flying-fish, loving-kindness etc.

Pronoun + noun

Examples are: he-goat

Possessive noun + noun (In this case, the apostrophe is usually omitted)

Examples are: sportsman, craftsman, statesman, hair’s-breadth, stone’s-throw

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