Compound Words Exercise (677)

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 ornate headdress featured feathers arrayed in a counter-clockwise spiral.
Correct : The ornate headdress featured feathers arrayed in a counterclockwise spiral.

"Counter-clockwise" is a closed compound.

2.
Original: An honor-guard stood outside the aircraft, awaiting the disembarking passengers.
Correct : An honor guard stood outside the aircraft, awaiting the disembarking passengers.

"Honor guard" is an open compound.

3.
Original: The flag flew at half-mast on the ship’s main mast.
Correct : The flag flew at half-mast on the ship’s mainmast.

"Mainmast" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: She’s concerned that he’s going to back-slide after reaching superstar status at such a young age.
Correct : She’s concerned that he’s going to backslide after reaching superstar status at such a young age.

"Backslide" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: He arrived at the party wearing a tailcoat and a tophat.
Correct : He arrived at the party wearing a tailcoat and a top hat.

"Top hat" is an open compound.

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