Compound Words Exercise (569)

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 study, conducted in realtime, measured the efficiency of the new stockroom system.
Correct : The study, conducted in real time, measured the efficiency of the new stockroom system.

"Real time" is an open compound.

2.
Original: The records, obtained from the courthouse, were written in long hand.
Correct : The records, obtained from the courthouse, were written in longhand.

"Longhand" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: He was a life-long railroad enthusiast.
Correct : He was a lifelong railroad enthusiast.

"Lifelong" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: She said she ran through the stop light because she was late for her haircut appointment.
Correct : She said she ran through the stoplight because she was late for her haircut appointment.

"Stoplight" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: I had an earache from standing back stage during the concert.
Correct : I had an earache from standing backstage during the concert.

"Backstage" is a closed compound.

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