Compound Words Exercise (688)

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: On the table, they found a blueprint for a cellphone.
Correct : On the table, they found a blueprint for a cell phone.

"Cell phone" is an open compound.

2.
Original: The movie is replete with superheroes and fire balls.
Correct : The movie is replete with superheroes and fireballs.

"Fireballs" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: She grated some horse radish and tossed it into the saucepan.
Correct : She grated some horseradish and tossed it into the saucepan.

"Horseradish" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: John shaved off his side-burns as part of his makeover.
Correct : John shaved off his sideburns as part of his makeover.

"Sideburns" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: He book-ended his lifework with two masterpieces of the genre.
Correct : He bookended his lifework with two masterpieces of the genre.

"Bookended" is a closed compound.

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