Compound adjectives are words usually made of two words joined by a hyphen. In today’s lesson, you will be learning how to form compound adjectives with -ed endings. They are adjectives with two or more words and a hyphen between them.

The Form

We form them by combining an adjective or number with a noun plus -ED.


For example:

A woman with blond hair = a blond-haired woman.
Could you ask that blond-haired woman to lend us a menu?

An animal with four legs = four-legged animal
Horses are four-legged animals.

A person who is more skilled with their left hand = a left-handed person
Did you know that Peter is left-handed?

A stool with three legs = three-legged stool
He was sitting on his three-legged stool, watching the sunset.

A person who is lost in their thoughts = absent-minded person
Pat didn’t hear you, she’s totally absent-minded.

Ice cream with a chocolate flavour = chocolate-flavoured ice cream
I’ll have chocolate-flavoured ice cream.

A person who has a narrow mind = narrow-minded person
I doubt you’ll be able to explain it to him, he’s so narrow-minded.

A person who is not modern = old-fashioned person
My parents are old-fashioned people.

Learn all about compound adjectives in English on this link

Compound adjectives with -ED endings
Compound adjectives with -ED endings


Now, try to make compound adjectives with -ed endings by yourself:
1) Trousers which are the colour of sand.
2) A man with white hair.
3) A car with three wheels.
4) A nurse with green eyes.
5) Furniture at a low price.
6) A person who has an open mind.

Answer key: 1) sand-coloured trousers, 2) white-haired man, 3) three-wheeled car, 4) green-eyed nurse, 5) low-priced furniture, 6) open-minded person

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