Compound Words Exercise (719)

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: Most of his fellow members consider his standpat attitude far out of the main stream.
Correct : Most of his fellow members consider his standpat attitude far out of the mainstream.

"Mainstream" is a closed compound.

2.
Original: After the battle, even the hard-core veterans were in a woebegone state.
Correct : After the battle, even the hardcore veterans were in a woebegone state.

"Hardcore" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: There’s been a month-long delay in shipment of the timepieces.
Correct : There’s been a monthlong delay in shipment of the timepieces.

"Monthlong" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: They’re having ongoing problems with the design of the touchpad.
Correct : They’re having ongoing problems with the design of the touch pad.

"Touch pad" is an open compound.

5.
Original: We’ve noticed a breathtaking turn-around in her behavior.
Correct : We’ve noticed a breathtaking turnaround in her behavior.

"Turnaround" is a closed compound.

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