Compound Nouns (9 of 10): Would you like to treat this animal?


One of the aspects of the Chinese language which I really like is the way it creates nouns by combining two simple nouns. These are called ‘compound nouns’. For example, in Chinese, a vet is called: ‘animal doctor’ (‘show-i’). It is indeed an animal doctor. That’s exactly what it is, so the name is perfectly logical (although the picture of the animal shown above is not quite logical, right!? – and it might be a little difficult to treat!).

In English, you could say ‘animal doctor’, and people would understand, but we have a special word: ‘vet’ (which is the shortened version of ‘veterinarian’). But don’t be misled: English has many compound nouns – just not as many as in Chinese. So, let’s practise some compound nouns. Match a noun in A with a noun in B to form a compound noun.

night bag
sleeping lenses
storm lash
blood school
contact entinguisher
eye front
passage pressure
fire way

By the way, the answers to the previous post are alarm clock, carport, traffic light, toothpaste, cigarette lighter, can opener, tape recorder, and earthquake.

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