What is it called when you combine two words?

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Two words combined are called a compound word. Compound words are commonly adjectives and nouns. The three types of compound words are closed form, hyphenated form and open form.

According to the Capital Community College Foundation, closed-form compound words are blended together. This category includes words like "firefly," "softball," "childlike," "redhead," "keyboard," "makeup" and "notebook." Compound words in the hyphenated form utilize hyphens and include words like "daughter-in-law," "master-at-arms," "over-the-counter" and "mass-produced." Open-form words are words that are put together but are not blended or hyphenated. This category includes words like "post office," "real estate," "middle class," "full moon" and "attorney general."

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