Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Everyday vs Every Day
Do you like to read Language Lady everyday or every day? Let me help you with that!
1. Two words
2. An adjective (every) describing a noun (day)
3. Used when you want to say EACH day or ALL days.
1,. One word
2. Usually an adjective together (the entire word is an adjective--everyday)
3. Used when you want to say something is NORMAL or TYPICAL.
1. Every day is an adjective and noun together already--do not use these two words to describe another noun! (NO: Those are our every day dishes.)
2. Everyday is an adjective alone--use it to describe another noun. (YES: Those are our everyday dishes.)
Tricky Trick to Help It Stick: A wise grammarian recommends "testing" your words by seeing if you could put the word "single" in between every and day. (EACH single day):
1. If you can put "single" in between the two words, then you want the two separate words meaning EACH day...every single day:
a. I went to the mail box every SINGLE day. I went to the mail box every day.
b. She wrote him a letter every SINGLE day. She wrote him a letter every day.
2. If you cannot put "single" in between the two words, tehn you want the one word meaning typical or normal:
a. I wanted to use the every SINGLE day dishes. NO. I wanted to use the everyday dishes.
b. She is the every SINGLE day kind of gal. NO. She is the everyday kind of gal.
So...to answer the first question: You like to read Language Lady every day (each day) because she is not your everyday (typical) grammar teacher! Smile...