Everyday Day Every Day
Last week, I looked at the first of
Warren Clements' "Hall of Shame" from his column, Word Play,
published Saturdays in The Globe and Mail newspaper. Here's a
The misuse of the adverb," every
day," and its adjective form, "everyday," "heads our department
list as the most abused word," says English teacher Sheryl
Danilowitz in Clements' column, More Inductees into the Hall of
What is the difference?
It's an everyday requirement
that teachers take attendance in their classes.
In fact, teachers must take
attendance every day.
I hope you can spot the difference
between the two. Note that in the first sentence, "requirement" is
a noun. What does "everyday" do to that noun?
And "must take" clearly acts as
verb in the second sentence, and "every day" tells the manner in
which teachers take their attendance.
Practice will help you avoid making
a contribution to the "hall of shame"!
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