Compound Words Exercise (731)

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: All the grownups were in the backyard when it happened.
Correct : All the grown-ups were in the backyard when it happened.

"Grown-up" is a closed compound.

2.
Original: They found the footlocker on the floor below the work bench.
Correct : They found the footlocker on the floor below the workbench.

"Workbench" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: She hoped that the boat would remain water-tight until they reached the mainland.
Correct : She hoped that the boat would remain watertight until they reached the mainland.

"Watertight" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: I’m not a mindreader, so tell me which turnoff to take.
Correct : I’m not a mind reader, so tell me which turnoff to take.

"Mind reader" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: The turntable was designed to look like a sun dial.
Correct : The turntable was designed to look like a sundial.

"Sundial" is a closed compound.

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