Compound Words Exercise (624)

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: Unfortunately, tomorrow is a schoolday, so I’ll have to take a rain check.
Correct : Unfortunately, tomorrow is a school day, so I’ll have to take a rain check.

"School day" is an open compound.

2.
Original: The flag is flying at half mast in front of the headquarters.
Correct : The flag is flying at half-mast in front of the headquarters.

"Half-mast" is hyphenated.

3.
Original: The structure, built on bedrock, nevertheless had cracked like an egg shell.
Correct : The structure, built on bedrock, nevertheless had cracked like an eggshell.

"Eggshell" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: My grand uncle is a newscaster.
Correct : My granduncle is a newscaster.

"Granduncle" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: I saw some noteworthy signatures in the guestbook.
Correct : I saw some noteworthy signatures in the guest book.

"Guest book" is a closed compound.

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