Compound Words Exercise (671)

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: It is just a side show to the controversy that’s in the limelight now.
Correct : It is just a sideshow to the controversy that’s in the limelight now.

"Sideshow" is a closed compound.

2.
Original: My great grandfather operated a newsstand.
Correct : My great-grandfather operated a newsstand.

"Great-grandfather" is hyphenated.

3.
Original: I bought a worn-out old wash tub at a warehouse sale to use as a planter.
Correct : I bought a worn-out old washtub at a warehouse sale to use as a planter.

"Washtub" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: The company’s spokesperson suggested there was going to be some blow-back.
Correct : The company’s spokesperson suggested there was going to be some blowback.

"Blowback" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: In a followup report, there was no mention of blackmail.
Correct : In a followup report, there was no mention of blackmail.

"Follow-up" is hyphenated.

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