Compound Words Exercise (737)

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: Check-out cashiers are among the better-paid members of the retail workforce.
Correct : Checkout cashiers are among the better-paid members of the retail workforce.

"Checkout" is a closed compound.

2.
Original: Any school teacher would appreciate a handmade gift.
Correct : Any schoolteacher would appreciate a handmade gift.

"Schoolteacher" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: It’s a toss-up as to whether she’ll have the back bone to defy him.
Correct : It’s a toss-up as to whether she’ll have the backbone to defy him.

"Backbone" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: During the springtime, I almost always wear just a T shirt.
Correct : During the springtime, I almost always wear just a T-shirt.

"T-shirt" is hyphenated.

5.
Original: Now, he’s demanding equal air time in an effort to brainwash more people.
Correct : Now, he’s demanding equal airtime in an effort to brainwash more people.

"Airtime" is a closed compound.

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