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An English Grammar By William Malone Baskervill Characters: 781

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(1) Those whose parts are so closely joined as to constitute one word. These make the last part plural.

courtyard

dormouse

Englishman

fellow-servant

fisherman

Frenchman

forget-me-not

goosequill

handful

mouthful

cupful

maidservant

pianoforte

stepson

spoonful

titmouse

(2) Those groups in which the first part is the principal one, followed

by a word or phrase making a modifier. The chief member adds -s in the plural.

aid-de-camp

attorney at law

billet-doux

commander in chief

court-martial

cousin-german

father-in-law

knight-errant

hanger-on

NOTE.-Some words ending in -man are not compounds of the English word man, but add -s; such as talisman, firman, Brahman, German, Norman, Mussulman, Ottoman.

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