Compound Words Exercise (752)

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: She made her comeback late in her lifespan.
Correct : She made her comeback late in her life span.

"Life span" is an open compound.

2.
Original: By word-of-mouth, we heard about an impending change in the workload.
Correct : By word of mouth, we heard about an impending change in the workload.

"Word of mouth" is an open compound.

3.
Original: The photograph was a close-up of a trainwreck.
Correct : The photograph was a close-up of a train wreck.

"Train wreck" is an open compound.

4.
Original: Her belief in the afterlife went by the way side.
Correct : Her belief in the afterlife went by the wayside.

"Wayside" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: He pulled himself up by his own bootstraps instead of spending his time having day-dreams.
Correct : He pulled himself up by his own bootstraps instead of spending his time having daydreams.

"Daydream" is a closed compound.

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