Compound Words

Palabras Compuestas

Introduction Introducción
A compound word is a single word formed by combining two other words together.

Spanish does not employ compound words as much as English, and it has specific rules for their construction. They can only be formed by combining the third-person singular conjugation of a verb with the plural form of a noun.

For example, lavaplatos, which means "the dishwasher", is a combination of lava, the third person conjugation of the verb lavar, which means "to wash", and plato the word for "dish" or "plate".

The plural and single version are the same, distinguished only my the preceding article - el lavaplatos (the dishwasher) and los lavaplatos (the dishwashers), and all compound words are considered masculine.
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