Compound Words Exercise (770)

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: It’s another example of the mindboggling incompetence of far-off bureaucrats.
Correct : It’s another example of the mind-boggling incompetence of far-off bureaucrats.

"Mind-boggling" is hyphenated.

2.
Original: Asking only people of child-bearing age produces a one-sided result.
Correct : Asking only people of childbearing age produces a one-sided result.

"Childbearing" is a closed compound.

3.
Original: Cleancut, able-bodied employees abound throughout the store.
Correct : Clean-cut, able-bodied employees abound throughout the store.

"Clean-cut" is hyphenated.

4.
Original: The soft-spoken tour guide was no match for the sight seeing hordes.
Correct : The soft-spoken tour guide was no match for the sightseeing hordes.

"Sightseeing" is a closed compound.

5.
Original: Back-stabbing colleagues are found in high-tech companies, too.
Correct : Backstabbing colleagues are found in high-tech companies, too.

"Backstabbing" is a closed compound.

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