Compound Words Exercise (636)

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: Nevermind—I’ll call a repairman.
Correct : Never mind—I’ll call a repairman.

"Never mind" is an open compound.

2.
Original: They were side-tracked during their overland journey.
Correct : They were sidetracked during their overland journey.

"Sidetracked" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: She jumped from the grandstand and went into free-fall.
Correct : She jumped from the grandstand and went into free fall.

"Free fall" is an open compound.

4.
Original: The government couldn’t bypass regulations when it decided to bailout the major automobile manufacturers.
Correct : The government couldn’t bypass regulations when it decided to bail out the major automobile manufacturers.

"Bail out" is an open compound.

5.
Original: The menu, a hodgepodge of selections from various cuisines, looks like it was organized by the dishwasher.
Correct : The menu, a hodge-podge of selections from various cuisines, looks like it was organized by the dishwasher.

"Hodge-podge" is hyphenated.

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