Compound Nouns Exercise (95)

In this exercise, decide whether each compound noun should be styled as an open, hyphenated, or closed compound, according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

Answers and Explanations

Logic is not a reliable factor in how a compound noun is styled; it's best to always look a term up to be sure that you are treating it correctly. Compound nouns often evolve from open to hyphenated to closed, but sometimes the intermediate stage is skipped, and sometimes a term remains open or hyphenated (so far).

1. bottom line

2. easygoing

3. follow-through

4. life-form

5. songwriting

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