Quiz On Hyphens With Compound Adjectives 1

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When do you use a hyphen on words? How should hyphenated words and phrases be used? The quiz below is on hyphens with compound adjectives and it will help you improve your understanding of the subject.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Correct the sentence below.a)Justin Timberlake is a world famous singer.b)It's an old coal-mining town. 

  • 2. 

    Which one of these sentences is grammatically correct.

    • A.

      Our professor much-loved was sixty-five years old.

    • B.

      Our much-loved professor was sixty five years old.

    • C.

      Our much-loved professor was sixty-five years old.

    • D.

      Our professor much-loved was sixty five years old.

    Correct Answer
    C. Our much-loved professor was sixty-five years old.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the third one. Much-loved modifies professor so it should be hyphenated and sixty-five is an number between 21 and 99 needs to be hyphenated as well.

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  • 3. 

    Tom has just finished writing a _________ article. 

    • A.

      Nine-hundred-word

    • B.

      Nine-hundreds-word

    • C.

      Nine-hundred-words

    • D.

      Nine-hundreds-words

    Correct Answer
    A. Nine-hundred-word
    Explanation
    When we are building a compound adjective, we add a hyphen between words and get rid of 's' after each noun.

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  • 4. 

    A hyphen should be used within a compound adjective that comes after a noun.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
  • 5. 

    Which one of following compound adjective is not correct?

    • A.

      Man-made

    • B.

      Post-graduate-degree

    • C.

      Life-long

    • D.

      Full-time

    Correct Answer
    B. Post-graduate-degree
    Explanation
    A,C and D are combination of adjective and noun, post graduate degree is combination of verb, adjective and noun, which doesn't need hyphens.

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  • 6. 

    The new lab being built now is to be ____ high.

    • A.

      Five storeys

    • B.

      Five-storey

    • C.

      Five-storeys

    • D.

      Five-storeyed

    Correct Answer
    A. Five storeys
    Explanation
    It is very possible that some students will choose B, however, a compound with combination of numeral and noun can only used to modify a noun. Here 'high' is a adjective, so we choose A.

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  • 7. 

    All numbers from twenty-one to ninety-nine must include a hyphen.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    You are supposed to add a hyphen between twenty-one to ninety-nine.

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  • 8. 

    Convert the following sentence into a sentence with a compound adjective.Between two classes, we usually have five minutes' break.Between two classes, we usually have a __________ break.

    Correct Answer
    five-minute
    Explanation
    The correct answer should be five-minute. Because you have to add a hyphen between two words and get rid of 's' after noun to make it a compound adjective.

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  • 9. 

    Select all of the correct use of hyphenation.

    • A.

      Fat-free

    • B.

      Hard-working

    • C.

      World-famous

    • D.

      Mid-term

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Fat-free
    B. Hard-working
    C. World-famous
    D. Mid-term
    Explanation
    They are all correct use of hyphenation.

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  • 10. 

    The hyphen makes a big difference in the meaning of the sentence.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    for example: I saw a man-eating alligator.
    We are describing the alligator. What type of alligator is it? It is one that eats men (or people).
    I saw a man eating alligator.
    This sentence without the hyphen sounds like a man is eating an alligator.

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