Compound Words Exercise (642)

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 city experienced its first cop-killing since 1935, when a detective was found shot at a multiunit residence.
Correct : The city experienced its first cop killing since 1935, when a detective was found shot at a multiunit residence.

"Cop killing" is an open compound.

2.
Original: A rainforest is not necessarily a tropical jungle; it can be any woodland with heavy precipitation.
Correct : A rain forest is not necessarily a tropical jungle; it can be any woodland with heavy precipitation.

"Rain forest" is an open compound.

3.
Original: Their efforts to build a handmade computer hit a deadend.
Correct : Their efforts to build a handmade computer hit a dead end.

"Dead end" is an open compound.

4.
Original: There is some record of the wide-spread migrations of the later races superimposed on these aborigines.
Correct : There is some record of the widespread migrations of the later races superimposed on these aborigines.

"Widespread" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: One characteristic of an electromagnetic pulse is a pulse wave form.
Correct : One characteristic of an electromagnetic pulse is a pulse waveform.

"Waveform" is a closed compound.

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