Compound Words Exercise (755)

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 heart-breaking story is downright difficult to listen to.
Correct : Her heartbreaking story is downright difficult to listen to.

"Heartbreaking" is a closed compound.

2.
Original: He was a latchkey child in an old fashioned town where mothers greet their children when they came home after school.
Correct : He was a latchkey child in an old-fashioned town where mothers greet their children when they came home after school.

"Old-fashioned" is hyphenated.

3.
Original: The wornout woman suffered from postpartum depression.
Correct : The worn-out woman suffered from postpartum depression.

"Worn-out" is hyphenated.

4.
Original: The plainclothes officers came up empty handed.
Correct : The plainclothes officers came up empty-handed.

"Empty-handed" is hyphenated.

5.
Original: The pre-emptive strike was a straightforward affair.
Correct : The preemptive strike was a straightforward affair.

"Preemptive" is a closed compound.

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