Compound Words Exercise (700)

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: Because he was color-blind, he couldn’t tell which tablecloth was blue.
Correct : Because he was colorblind, he couldn’t tell which tablecloth was blue.

"Colorblind" is a closed compound.

2.
Original: In the meantime, she was given a temporary bankcard.
Correct : In the meantime, she was given a temporary bank card.

"Bank card" is an open compound.

3.
Original: The amount of schoolwork left them with little energy for extra-curricular activities.
Correct : The amount of schoolwork left them with little energy for extracurricular activities.

"Extracurricular" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: He was tired of the paperwork, so he became a ghost writer.
Correct : He was tired of the paperwork, so he became a ghostwriter.

"Ghostwriter" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: We shouldn’t overgeneralize about in-patient procedures.
Correct : We shouldn’t overgeneralize about inpatient procedures.

"Inpatient" is a closed compound.

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