Compound Words Exercise (618)

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 watercolor painting was leaning against the coffeetable.
Correct : The watercolor painting was leaning against the coffee table.

"Coffee table" is an open compound.

2.
Original: They’re selling noise-makers on the boardwalk.
Correct : They’re selling noisemakers on the boardwalk.

"Noisemaker" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: She works parttime as a bellhop.
Correct : She works part time as a bellhop.

"Part time" is an open compound.

4.
Original: I photographed a honey bee on the handle of the wheelbarrow.
Correct : I photographed a honeybee on the handle of the wheelbarrow.

"Honeybee" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: He boarded the jetliner after the sendoff.
Correct : He boarded the jetliner after the send-off.

"Send-off" is hyphenated.

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