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Compound Nouns: Part 2


I. Theory

Both German and English use compound nouns (a noun created by combining nouns). In German, these words are formed in different ways, which are not always predictable. For this reason, it is best to commit them to memory. In this lesson, we will discuss the various ways these nouns can be formed.

Here are some examples of the different formation methods:

Bildschirm (no connector)


Bilderbuch (-er-)
Picture book

Kaffeekanne (no connector)
Coffee pot


Kaffee-Ersatz (-)
Coffee substitute

II. -e-

Several German compound nouns are joined together with an -e-. This is often found on nouns that end in a consonant.

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