Compound Words Exercise (581)

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: A rubberband was wrapped around the rolled-up newsprint.
Correct : A rubber band was wrapped around the rolled-up newsprint.

"Rubber band" is an open compound.

2.
Original: He says that his job on the supertanker is a real back-breaker.
Correct : He says that his job on the supertanker is a real backbreaker.

"Backbreaker" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: The entrance to the courtyard was blocked by a snow bank.
Correct : The entrance to the courtyard was blocked by a snowbank.

"Snowbank" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: Seeing his footprint in the mud was a real eye opener for her.
Correct : Seeing his footprint in the mud was a real eye-opener for her.

"Eye-opener" is hyphenated.

5.
Original: The explosion of the firecracker broke the tail light.
Correct : The explosion of the firecracker broke the taillight.

"Taillight" is a closed compound.

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