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Everyday or every day?

22 Nov
Everyday or every day?

It’s Troublesome Pairs time and this one was suggested by my friend Greg, who had spotted a whole record label which might need some proofreaders.

I need to stress here that he shared it out of interest and as an example of a troublesome pair I hadn’t yet covered, and he knows I would never laugh at an error (unless I made it) because I’m here to help people express themselves. I will often have more experience of the rules and usage of English than the people who come to me for my editing and proofreading services, and more experience of the rules and usage of British English than the people who come to me for my localisation services, but that doesn’t make me in any way “better” than them. I really hate it when people talk about “grammar nazis” and think I will tut and frown if I see an error in a comment or on a sign, although I’m all for educating people and showing them how these distinctions I make in this series of articles help people to get their meaning across more clearly. But I try not to laugh or point, as it’s not my style (and isn’t the style of most of my edibuddies, either).

Anyway, rant over.

Everyday is an adjective or noun referring to the mundane, the usual, things that happen, well, every day. So “We expect you to carry out everyday tasks with cheerfulness and efficiency”. “I got sick of the everyday and wanted to try something different and more varied”.

Every day is a phrase which means “on all days”, “each day”. So, “I expect you to check the visitor numbers every day”, “Every day, my everyday jobs became more dull”.

It’s often used incorrectly on signs, etc, “New offers everyday”, but I’ve not seen the reverse used incorrectly.

You can find more troublesome pairs here, and here’s the index to them all!

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2017 in Errors, Language use, Troublesome pairs

 

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6 responses to “Everyday or every day?

  1. Jessica Triepel

    November 22, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Oh, this is interesting! Thanks! I hope to see more. Reblogging!

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    • Liz Dexter

      November 22, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Thank you. If you have a look at the index which is linked in the article, you will find loads more like this!

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  2. Nadia Abdullah

    November 22, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Love this, Liz. You explain it in simple terms! 🙂

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  3. Don Massenzio

    November 24, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio.

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