Compound Words Exercise (742)

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: Office holders must take care to preserve and cultivate the goodwill of their constituents.
Correct : Officeholders must take care to preserve and cultivate the goodwill of their constituents.

"Officeholders" is a closed compound.

2.
Original: The rollout on the new ground-water system is overdue.
Correct : The rollout on the new groundwater system is overdue.

"Groundwater" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: There is a backlog in the processing of timecards.
Correct : There is a backlog in the processing of time cards.

"Time cards" is an open compound.

4.
Original: The workflow for a home-built product is different than it is for a factory-made one.
Correct : The workflow for a homebuilt product is different than it is for a factory-made one.

"Homebuilt" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: In a post script, she added that the top vote-getter is often not the candidate who leads in early polls.
Correct : In a postscript, she added that the top vote-getter is often not the candidate who leads in early polls.

"Postscript" is a closed compound.

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