Sunday, August 16, 2009

Grammar Griper: Every Day

My great-aunt used to wear an apron every day.
On special occasions she would take off her everyday apron and put on a fancy one.

Mistakes made with "every day" crop up way too often, and adults do it as often as younger people. The last place I saw it used incorrectly was in something published by a homeschooling parent--who really should have known better.

When "everyday" is used as an adjective--Grandma's everyday hat--it's one word.

When "every day" is used as an adverb--Grandma drank Red Rose tea every day--it's two words.

Pop quiz: which of the following are correct?

Gayle makes muffins and scones for breakfast almost every day.

These are not your ordinary, everyday muffins: they have chocolate chips in them. (Thanks, Gayle.)

Have your students practice their spelling everyday.

Every day when you're walking down the street...

If you spend too much time worrying about grammar everyday, you'll drive yourself crazy.

1 comment:

Birdie said...

Driving myself crazy over grammar is an everyday occurrence! ;)

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