Compound Words Exercise (575)

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 factsheet had been on the bookshelf.
Correct : The fact sheet had been on the bookshelf.

"Fact sheet" is an open compound.

2.
Original: He found her tortoiseshell eye glasses.
Correct : He found her tortoiseshell eyeglasses.

"Eyeglasses" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: I suffered a setback when I showed up late for check in and was told no one else was being admitted.
Correct : I suffered a setback when I showed up late for check-in and was told no one else was being admitted.

"Check-in" is hyphenated.

4.
Original: He’s a real task-master, and he has gotten more overbearing lately.
Correct : He’s a real taskmaster, and he has gotten more overbearing lately.

"Taskmaster" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: She’s on stand-by for the flight to the mainland.
Correct : She’s on standby for the flight to the mainland.

"Standby" is a closed compound.

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