Compound Words Exercise (747)

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: Her absentminded attitude has had city-wide repercussions.
Correct : Her absentminded attitude has had citywide repercussions.

"Citywide" is a closed compound.

2.
Original: He’s a diehard fan of the team despite its lackluster record.
Correct : He’s a die-hard fan of the team despite its lackluster record.

"Die-hard" is hyphenated.

3.
Original: You can’t tell that her buttondown blouse is a secondhand item.
Correct : You can’t tell that her button-down blouse is a secondhand item.

"Button-down" is hyphenated.

4.
Original: It’s a counterintuitive solution among time-saving techniques.
Correct : It’s a counterintuitive solution among timesaving techniques.

"Timesaving" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: He has a new-found career as a software developer.
Correct : He has a newfound career as a software developer.

"Newfound" is a closed compound.

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