A noun phrase gives information about a noun.
We can combine nouns in the three ways shown in the table below.
Look at the different pairs of words and match each one to the appropriate use:
EXAMPLE: l b)
- when we name a particular thing and it is a well-known combination
used for well known noun phrases.
A firework display, mineral water. public performance.
When it gets dark we'll UK let off/US set off (= light)
What time do the fireworks start?
- when we say what things are made of
A gold ring , a silk scarf
- when the second noun is produced by the first noun (often an animal)
parts of inanimate (adj) objects
Simon's Brother , John's biscuits
- when we describe a container and its contents
When we describe containers and contents -
Often used to count uncountable verbs
- when we describe measurement
When we describe measurement
A 14-year exile , a five-mile run. (measurement)
- when we describe a certain quantity of something
a piece of bread, a pack of cards,
A symbol of wealth , a book about indoor plants
When the nouns do not refer to a typical combination.
We often use 'of'
- when we talk about parts of inanimate objects
Describing parts of things.
A table leg, a car door.
- when we indicate possession
A woman's sauna , a children's pool
- when the first noun is a user of the second noun
When the first is a user of the second
plural or singular first noun?
goat's cheese , duck's egg
Second noun is produced from/by the first
- when the nouns do not refer to a well-known/typical combination