Compound Words Exercise (545)

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 idea of flavored jellybeans was the brainchild of an unlikely inventor.
Correct : The idea of flavored jelly beans was the brainchild of an unlikely inventor.

"Jelly beans" is an open compound.

2.
Original: She wore a care-worn expression as she said good-bye.
Correct : She wore a careworn expression as she said good-bye.

"Careworn" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: It’s not a good idea to wear skin-tight jeans while on horseback.
Correct : It’s not a good idea to wear skintight jeans while on horseback.

"Skintight" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: Are you likely to find a matchbox in the emergency supplies on a liferaft?
Correct : Are you likely to find a matchbox in the emergency supplies on a life raft?

"Life raft" is an open compound.

5.
Original: During their horseplay, they knocked the coffee maker off the counter.
Correct : During their horseplay, they knocked the coffeemaker off the counter.

"Coffeemaker" is a closed compound.

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