Compound Words Exercise (588)

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: It was a foregone conclusion that she would be found gossiping at the water cooler.
Correct : It was a foregone conclusion that she would be found gossiping at the watercooler.

"Watercooler" is a closed compound.

2.
Original: Her life went into a tail spin after the lifeline to Mary was cut off.
Correct : Her life went into a tailspin after the lifeline to Mary was cut off.

"Tailspin" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: His attempt to reconcile with her at the get-together back-fired.
Correct : His attempt to reconcile with her at the get-together backfired.

"Backfire" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: He was amused to see that the approach to the carport included a draw-bridge.
Correct : He was amused to see that the approach to the carport included a drawbridge.

"Drawbridge" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: The fire fighter became a hometown hero.
Correct : The firefighter became a hometown hero.

"Firefighter" is a closed compound.

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