Choose the appropriate option which explains how the compound adjective given here was formed: World-famous A. Noun+Adjective B. Noun+Noun C. Adjective+Noun D. Adjective+Adjective
Hint: An adjective is a word that describes something. E.g. A red car (red is an adjective because it describes the car.) Though sometimes we use more than one adjective to describe something. A compound adjective is an adjective that contains two or more words, e.g. “I live in an English-speaking country.” English-speaking is an adjective (that is used to describe a country). We use a hyphen in order to connect the word English with speaking to show that it is one adjective.
Complete answer: To choose the correct option first analyze all the provided options: A. Noun + Adjective - A compound adjective formed with the help of a noun and an adjective. Example: She is a world-famous singer. ‘World’ is a noun and ‘famous’ is an adjective and hence this option is correct.
B. Noun+Noun - A compound adjective formed with the help of two nouns. Example: There is some leaking in the water tank.
C. Adjective + Noun - A compound adjective formed with the help of one adjective word and one noun. Example: It was a last-minute decision.
D. Adjective+Adjective - A compound adjective formed with the help of two adjective words. Example: They have a dark-blue uniform.
Note: We can understand the correct use of the hyphen between the two words with the help of this example, Can we say that “He is a world and famous singer.” No, it doesn't sound correct and hence, we need a hyphen to join the words world and famous: He is a world-famous singer. (Correct)