Compound Words Exercise (525)

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: I gave him a ball-park estimate about the cost of replacing the tailgate.
Correct : I gave him a ballpark estimate about the cost of replacing the tailgate.

"Ballpark" is a closed compound.

2.
Original: The arm chair’s footrest is broken.
Correct : The armchair’s footrest is broken.

"Armchair" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: During the timeout, we stood in the end zone.
Correct : During the time-out, we stood in the end zone.

"Time-out" should be hyphenated.

4.
Original: Our baby-sitter drives the car pool.
Correct : Our babysitter drives the car pool.

"Babysitter" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: If he spent as much time doing housework as playing videogames, the house would be spotless.
Correct : If he spent as much time doing housework as playing video games, the house would be spotless.

"Video game" is an open compound.

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