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Compound nouns are formed by more than one word, although they work as a single word within the sentence. We use compound nouns when a single noun is not clear enough to name a person or object. There are several types of compound nouns in Spanish: Noun + preposition + verb


Máquina de escribir (typewriter) Noun + noun

página web (webpage) Verb + noun

sacacorchos (corkscrew) Noun + adjective or adjective + noun

Compound nouns are also countable nouns, so we can form their plural form. Normally we are going to follow the rules for the plural in the last or in the first component of the compound nouns.


Tengo un girasol. (I have a sunflower)

Tengo dos girasoles. (I have two sunflowers)

There are several ways of writing the compound nouns:

Compound Style
noun + adjective
noun + noun
noun + preposition
noun + verb
adjective + adjective
adjective + noun
adjective + preposition
adjective + verb
preposition + adjective
preposition + noun
preposition + preposition
preposition + verb
verb + adjective
verb + noun
verb + preposition
verb + verb