Compound Words Exercise (655)

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 roll over was apparently caused by loss of control of the vehicle when the trailer it was towing started to fishtail.
Correct : The rollover was apparently caused by loss of control of the vehicle when the trailer it was towing started to fishtail.

"Rollover" is a closed compound.

2.
Original: Her back ache had subsided by nightfall.
Correct : Her backache had subsided by nightfall.

"Backache" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: There’s a little give-and-take in every stand-off.
Correct : There’s a little give-and-take in every standoff.

"Standoff" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: My daughter complains that our teenage neighbor is a tag-along.
Correct : My daughter complains that our teenage neighbor is a tagalong.

"Tagalong" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: He walked through the living-room to peer out the window at the driveway below.
Correct : He walked through the living room to peer out the window at the driveway below.

"Living room" is an open compound.

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