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Compounding is the formation of new words by combining two (or seldom more) independent words:

Marmor + Tisch = Marmortisch
alt + modisch = altmodisch
Staub + saugen = staubsaugen
treffen + sicher = treffsicher

The compound inherits the word class, the inflection class and, if it is a noun, the gender of the last (= the rightmost) base word.

The description of compounding is divided into chapters according to the word class of the compound words:

Noun compounds
Verb compounds
Adjective compounds
Adverb compounds
Pronoun compounds
Wordformation elements

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