Verb Phrases and Compounds Exercise (458)

Each of the following sentences includes one or two words that appear as both verb phrases and closed compound nouns. Correct the word or words as necessary depending on which of the two functions they perform in each sentence.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Resistance from the state legislature could doom the governor-elect’s promise to rollback the car tax hike.
Correct : Resistance from the state legislature could doom the governor-elect’s promise to roll back the car tax hike.

Here, "roll back" is a phrase describing an action. (The phrase could also be divided in the phrase "roll the car tax hike back.")

2.
Original: Although some consider the building’s design a major let down, it remains the artistic center of the city.
Correct : Although some consider the building’s design a major letdown, it remains the artistic center of the city.

In this sentence, "letdown" is a noun synonymous with "disappointment."

3.
Original: The state gave a record one-hundred-million-dollar loan to bailout schools from its deficit.
Correct : The state gave a record one-hundred-million-dollar loan to bail out schools from its deficit.

"Bail out" is a verb phrase. (The phrase could also be split by "schools.")

4.
Original: International organizations continued to pullout as rebels intensified their campaign against government forces.
Correct : International organizations continued to pull out as rebels intensified their campaign against government forces.

"Pullout" is a noun, but the sentence structure requires a verb phrase.

5.
Original: The log in procedure is now more streamlined.
Correct : The login procedure is now more streamlined.

"Login" is an adjective derived from the noun form, which is a closed compound. (The phrase "log in" describes an action.)

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