Compound Words Exercise (418)

In each sentence a compound word or phrase is incorrectly open, closed, or hyphenated. Identify the incorrect word or phrase and style it correctly.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: The bookkeeper updated the inventory everyday.
Correct : The bookkeeper updated the inventory every day.

"Everyday" is correct only as an adjective (as in "Check out our everyday low prices," as compared with "We offer the lowest prices every day").

2.
Original: We heard the story second-hand from the salesperson who was working at the time.
Correct : We heard the story secondhand from the salesperson who was working at the time.

"Secondhand" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: He peered around the bookshelf and saw the life-like mannequin.
Correct : He peered around the bookshelf and saw the lifelike mannequin.

"Lifelike" is an exception from the rule that a hyphen generally follows a vowel that comes at the end of the first word in a compound.

4.
Original: The login procedure is not foolproof.
Correct : The log-in procedure is not foolproof.

"Login" is a noun referring to the act of logging in, as in "She fixed the email login yesterday." The adjectival form before a noun is "log-in" (and the verb phrase is "log in").

5.
Original: We hoped that the meeting would jumpstart the team into action.
Correct : We hoped that the meeting would jump-start the team into action.

The correct verb form is "jump-start."

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