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Hyphens Between Words Quiz

1. For each of the following, choose the correct sentence.

 A) Congratulations, you are the firstplace winner!
 B) Congratulations, you are the first-place winner!
 C) Congratulations, you are the first place-winner!
 D) Congratulations, you are the first-place-winner!

2. 

 A) The Chernobyl nuclear meltdown was a terrible disaster.
 B) The Chernobyl nuclear melt down was a terrible disaster.
 C) The Chernobyl nuclear melt-down was a terrible disaster.

3. 

 A) You must first meltdown the gold before starting to shape the ring.
 B) You must first melt-down the gold before starting to shape the ring.
 C) You must first melt down the gold before starting to shape the ring.

4. 

 A) My equipment is up-to-date.
 B) My equipment is up to date.
 C) My equipment is up to-date.
 D) My equipment is up-to date.

5. 

 A) We were disappointed in the small number of people who participated in the beach cleanup this year.
 B) We were disappointed in the small number of people who participated in the beach clean up this year.
 C) We were disappointed in the small number of people who participated in the beach clean-up this year.

6. 

 A) My friendís down to earth personality always makes me smile.
 B) My friendís down to-earth personality always makes me smile.
 C) My friendís down-to earth personality always makes me smile.
 D) My friendís down-to-earth personality always makes me smile.

7. 

 A) I am long overdue to re-read The Catcher in the Rye.
 B) I am long-overdue to re-read The Catcher in the Rye.
 C) I am long overdue to reread The Catcher in the Rye.
 D) I am long-overdue to reread The Catcher in the Rye.

8. 

 A) This should be a work-able solution.
 B) This should be a workable solution.
 C) This should be a work able solution.

9. 

 A) Un-doing a wrong can be a long, arduous task.
 B) Un-doing a wrong can be a long arduous task.
 C) Undoing a wrong can be a long-arduous task.
 D) Undoing a wrong can be a long, arduous task.

10. 

 A) My son is excited that he is turning twentyone this year.
 B) My son is excited that he is turning twenty one this year.
 C) My son is excited that he is turning twenty-one this year.


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