Compound Words Exercise (695)

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: Someone threw a water-bottle at the runner-up.
Correct : Someone threw a water bottle at the runner-up.

"Water bottle" is an open compound.

2.
Original: He bought a secondhand ice-axe at the surplus store.
Correct : He bought a secondhand ice axe at the surplus store.

"Ice axe" is an open compound.

3.
Original: The pickpocket followed him as he left the waiting-room.
Correct : The pickpocket followed him as he left the waiting room.

"Waiting room" is an open compound.

4.
Original: I bought a six pack despite my recent problems with cash flow.
Correct : I bought a six-pack despite my recent problems with cash flow.

"Six-pack" is hyphenated.

5.
Original: The poster above the help desk featured an illustration of a computer disk colored like a bull’s eye.
Correct : The poster above the help desk featured an illustration of a computer disk colored like a bull’s-eye.

"Bull’s-eye" is hyphenated.

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