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I came across this word in an English test, where "hardwork" was marked as the 'correct' answer for a question. I know of the adjective hardworking, but I thought "hardwork" was always written as two words, like "hard work".

An online search for "hardwork" reveals some results, but most of them seem to use the two-word version ("hard work"). This page on Definitions.net is the only dictionary I found mentioning "hardwork" as a single word. Is that a valid alternate spelling, and if so, where/when has it been used in the past?

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    What was the question to which "hardwork" was supposedly the correct answer?
    – phoog
    Nov 11 '20 at 16:28
  • It was a multiple-choice fill-in-the-blank question, along the lines of "This story will teach your child to give importance to ___ over shortcuts. Options: drudgery, duty, hardwork, burden. Perhaps it was just a typo (although it did derail me from finding the right answer!)
    – Hippo
    Nov 12 '20 at 16:03
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The OED has no entry for single-word 'hardwork'.

OED search results for single-word hardwork, showing zero results

Your example on definitions.net was user-submitted, and in fact the provided citation doesn't use single-word 'hardwork'. Insofar as anything is "not a word", I'd say 'hardwork' counts.

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  • I suppose that's as good an answer as any :)
    – Hippo
    Nov 12 '20 at 16:04

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