Compound Nouns Exercise (55)

In this exercise, decide whether each compound noun (shown as an open compound) should be correctly be styled as open, hyphenated, or closed, according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary:

Answers and Explanations

Logic is not a reliable factor in how a compound noun is styled; it's best to always look a term up to be sure that you are treating it correctly. Compound nouns often evolve from open to hyphenated to closed, but sometimes the intermediate stage is skipped, and sometimes a term remains open or hyphenated (so far).

1. lunch box

2. by-product

3. breakout

4. bylaw

5. time-share

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