Compound Words Exercise (767)

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: The wheeler dealer had a brainstorm about how to solve his dilemma.
Correct : The wheeler-dealer had a brainstorm about how to solve his dilemma.

"Wheeler-dealer" is hyphenated.

2.
Original: In the later stages of the air lift, nighttime flights became less frequent.
Correct : In the later stages of the airlift, nighttime flights became less frequent.

"Airlift" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: Because of his hidebound adherence to the old ways, he continued to hand-pick loyal but incompetent managers.
Correct : Because of his hidebound adherence to the old ways, he continued to handpick loyal but incompetent managers.

"Handpick" is a closed compound.

4.
Original: The homemade waste basket was garishly ugly.
Correct : The homemade wastebasket was garishly ugly.

"Wastebasket" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: The turncoat was reduced to accepting the occasional hand-out.
Correct : The turncoat was reduced to accepting the occasional handout.

"Handout" is a closed compound.

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