October 2020: Compound adjectives and their -
Adjectives are words that describe nouns, e.g. people or things. When an adjective comes before the noun it describes, we call it an attributive adjective. An attributive adjective often consists of two or more words, which we refer to as compound adjectives. In Danish, we usually write compounds in one word, while in English, we put a hyphen between two or more words when we want them to act as a single idea (one adjective) that describes the noun.
Below is a list of the different types of compound adjectives used in English grammar.
Number + noun
Atwo-year Master’s degree programme.
Adjective + noun
At BTECH, we conduct high-quality research.
Noun + Adjective
He is a world-famous researcher.
Adjective + -ing-form
She is a hard-working woman.
Adverb + -ing-form
Learning is a never-ending task.
Noun + -ing-form
It is a time-saving method.
Noun + past participle
We solve problems relevant to technology-based business development.
Adverb + past participle
It is a well-known fact that COVID-19 is spread primarily through droplet transmission.
Adjective + past participle
IoT is a new-fashioned technology.
Noun + noun
She has a part-time job.
Adjective + adjective
I don’t like fat-free cakes.