CBSE Class 8 English Compound Words Concepts and Exercise

Scroll down for PDF



Compound words are formed when two or more words are put together to form a new word with a new meaning. They can function as different parts of speech, which can dictate what form the compound takes on. For example, the word carry over is an open compound word when it’s used as a verb but it is a closed when used as a noun and an adjective.

Compound words fall within three categories:

1. Closed compound words are formed when two unique words are joined together. They don’t have a space between them and they are the type that generally comes to mind when we think of compound words. Example. Itself, today, bedroom ,blueprint.

2. Open compound words have a space between the words but when they are read together a new meaning is formed. Example. walking stick, drawing book, chess board,

Hyphenated compound words are connected by a hyphen. Example. Bare-foot, ice- cream.

Choose a compound word from the word box below to complete each sentence:

babysitter backlash nutshell underdog forecast foreword turnkey jackpot up market taskmaster

My parents hired a _______________________ to look after me.

My team was the ______________________ because we played the champions.

A_____________ project is a project that is sold to the buyer after it is complete.

It’s been raining a lot here, and last week there was a huge storm. In a ______________, the weather this summer has been terrible.

The revolt of 1857 had sparked a _______________ by the British, who quickly moved to crush the rebellion before it got out of hand.

The weather ________________on television was calling for light snow in Shimla.

Indian cricket has hit the______________since they got Virat Kohli as their captain.

The life of the ruling class was comfortable and even _______________from early times.

He expressed his gratitude for his father in the ______________ of his novel.

Destiny is a hard 

Fill in the blanks with compound words to make meaningful sentences:

stone’s throw  kick-start sharpshooter far-fetched heartfelt

mastermind record breaking red-handed sightseeing

homesick breathtaking breaking news sleep walking

The_________________ of the earthquake left us all devastated.

The students living in the hostel often feel __________________ as they miss their family.

The view from the hill top was_______________________.

Now I know Jesus ' coming again may sound__________________ to you.

There are several profiles of riders of the motorcycle that are famous for their _______________________ performances in the different championships and tournaments.

My school is at a ________________ from my home.

And then there's the story about the time he jumped out of a second-floor hotel room window while ________________________.

The making of the world's most wanted man How did a rich Saudi boy become a terrorist ____________________?

How can you say you didn't steal the book? You were caught _______________ walking out of the store after you'd hidden it under your jacket.

A city_____________________tour is included during your stay.

Held on the Village Square on Victoria Street between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. this family event will really______________________ the summer fun.

The bullet fired by a ______________________hit the terrorist in the fleshy part of his leg.

He will be greatly missed and our______________ condolences go to his family.

It just seemed a bit_______________________, floating away like Noah without the animals.


Write a compound word using the given word then, write a sentence with each compound word.



Skateboard- I went to the skateboard park.

Well- ________________________________________________________

over - ________________________________________________________

scare- ___________________________

rain - _________________________

foot - __________________________

side - ___________________________

cat- ___________________________

sleep- ___________________________

super- ___________________________

green - ___________________________

Click on the text For more study material for English please click here - English

Latest NCERT & CBSE News

Read the latest news and announcements from NCERT and CBSE below. Important updates relating to your studies which will help you to keep yourself updated with latest happenings in school level education. Keep yourself updated with all latest news and also read articles from teachers which will help you to improve your studies, increase motivation level and promote faster learning

How to crack a competitive examination

“How I crack a competitive examination” is a frequently asked question by today’s students. Cracking a competitive exam is a challenging task. Attaining a huge amount of study and solving several complex problems in a limited amount of time is a huge task. Competitive...

Requirements for admissions in CBSE affiliated Schools

CBSE gives an advanced form of education. They try to indulge students in interactions and teach application based subjects along with some others. Due to this preponderance of parents, they tend to admit their children in CBSE affiliated schools. General conditions...

Tips for exam preparation

Students often get nervous during their exams. The reason behind this nervousness is either a lack of confidence or a lack of preparedness. To overcome these fears students are advised to do their preparation in such a way that will retain their confidence. For this...

CBSE examination board hike the fee for class 10th and 12th

The CBSE (Central Board Secondary Education) increased the examination fees for classes 10 and 12 of the 2020 boards, with no profit no loss principle, from Rs. 750 to Rs 1500, for all categories of students, including SC/ST candidates for all schools throughout India...

Registration of NEET 2020 starts

The NEET 2020 registration process would start on Monday, December 2nd, 2019. National Testing Agency, NTA would carry out the county’s undergraduate entrance exam for medical and dental admissions.  The examination is scheduled to take place in English, Hindi, and...

CBSE to launch 'Tamanna' aptitude test

Introduction: The poor decisive condition of students to pursue their subject of interest has been an area of concern. To the ease of which CBSE is to launch ‘Tamanna’. An aptitude test in order to provide a line of guidance to students of class 9th and 10th. What is '...

Studies Today