Definition A compound noun is made of 2 or more words used together as a single noun. The parts of a compound noun may be written as – A single word~~toothbrush, watermelon – 2 or more separate words~~dining room – A hyphenated word~~runner-up How to form plurals? Remember, compound nouns can be classified just like any other noun we have studied so far. To form plurals: – One word compounds~~add –s or –es – Hyphenated or multi-word~~make the main word plural (The main noun is the most important word, and is the word that is modified by the other words). More Info… There is no reliable way to predict whether a compound noun will be spelled as one word, hyphenated, or multi-worded. Check a dictionary if you are unsure. Most compound nouns can be recognized by their unusual stress pattern of placing the emphasis on the first word. Compare: A supermarket is a grocery store, but a super market is a fantastic market. Why it Matters in Writing… Compound nouns are very descriptive—they actually describe themselves. They also help writers paint clear pictures. Find the compound nouns in the following real-life excerpt from On the Road with Charles Kuralt. Dreamland Amusement Park is closed for the winter…Taffy stands are shuttered, no teenagers screaming on the roller coaster,… and at the merry-go-round, the exquisite carousel which has been right here since 1915, the horses are frozen in their classical posture, waiting for another spring. Charles Kuralt 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Try it!! Write each compound noun and state its 3 classifications. The plains produce foodstuffs such as corn, wheat, and rye. The cornstalks stand tall in South Dakota, a state that loves corn. The Corn Palace is a famous building in Mitchell, a prairie town that welcomes cornhuskers. Today it is called the agricultural show place of the world. Each spring, the outside of the concrete building is covered with wall designs made of sweet corn, grains, and grasses.