Compound Words Exercise (648)

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: We volunteered for the clean up day at the river, spending the morning picking up trash along the riverbank.
Correct : We volunteered for the cleanup day at the river, spending the morning picking up trash along the riverbank.

"Cleanup" is a closed compound.

2.
Original: John had been a sharp-shooter in the army, but he didn’t have any interest in owning a handgun.
Correct : John had been a sharpshooter in the army, but he didn’t have any interest in owning a handgun.

"Sharpshooter" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: The first tipoff that the company was not aboveboard was its shoddy website.
Correct : The first tip-off that the company was not aboveboard was its shoddy website.

"Tip-off" is hyphenated.

4.
Original: Smith’s comment about the rattletrap vehicle was a backhanded compliment if I ever heard one.
Correct : Smith’s comment about the rattletrap vehicle was a back handed compliment if I ever heard one.

"Backhanded" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: We found it in a snowdrift while we were cross country skiing.
Correct : We found it in a snowdrift while we were cross-country skiing.

"Cross-country" is hyphenated.

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