Compound Words Exercise (713)

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 famed storyteller appears at festivals nation-wide.
Correct : The famed storyteller appears at festivals nationwide.

"Nationwide" is a closed compound.

2.
Original: The timeframe for outpatient care depends on many factors.
Correct : The time frame for outpatient care depends on many factors.

"Time frame" is an open compound.

3.
Original: It was like seeing a fellow churchgoer involved in a hold-up.
Correct : It was like seeing a fellow churchgoer involved in a holdup.

"Holdup" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: The clearing-house did some research for me that helped me get down to the nitty-gritty.
Correct : The clearinghouse did some research for me that helped me get down to the nitty-gritty.

"Clearinghouse" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: They were engaged in some hanky panky in the storeroom.
Correct : They were engaged in some hanky-panky in the storeroom.

"Hanky-panky" is hyphenated.

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