I see people get this confused all the time, and I want to help you out a little bit.
‘Everyday’ and ‘Every day’ do not mean the same thing, and they are not interchangeable.
Everyday is a one-word modifier. It is used as an adjective to describe a noun. For instance, She was wearing her everyday house dress.
Every day is two words; one is an adjective, and one is a noun. In this case, every is the adjective that is describing the noun day. The confusion between these two phrases is something that happens every day.
And now, for my final act, I will use these phrases in a sentence together.
Being late is an everyday occurrence for him; he is late every day.
MCO 194/JMC 101 Everyday Grammar/Grammar for Journalists is a required course in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU. It reviews the fundamentals of grammar and teaches some basics of AP (Associated Press) Style. If you do not pass the course, you have to change your major; that is how serious they take it in the Cronkite School.
I am presently taking this course as part of my first summer session courses. Imagine the giggles I let out watching this assigned video that goes over the 8 parts of speech.
This video is both useful and hilarious.
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that I am the ultimate grammar nerd. I cringe when I see people confuse homophones, misspell words, or neglect the Oxford comma.
In the past, I pointed out bad grammar simply to snark or make fun of people, but I realize now that this practice is counter-productive. Making fun of people and shaming them for making grammar mistakes doesn’t serve any purpose other than to make me a grammar snob, and that is not something I aspire to be. OK, fine, I am a grammar snob, but that is beside the point. I don’t need to wield my large vocabulary and command of the English language over people like a deadly sword. If I am truly to be an information curator, part of that job is to share with other people the information I gather, and that includes grammar tips.
If I am entirely honest, there are plenty of times when I am confused as to whether I am using the right word or phrase in the right context or tense, but the difference is I go and look these things up before I throw them out to the people. When these moments happen from now on, I will share them with the people so that we may all become smarter.
Besides, there is already a site that puts you on the Summer Jam screen if you use words incorrectly or spell them wrong. That niche has been covered.
Each week, I will be running a new column on the blog entitled “Grammatically Correct” that will cover different grammar topics including spelling, confused word usage, and questions from the audience.
If you have a question or grammar topic you think I should cover, be sure and send in a request.