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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"Everyday" or "Every day": That Is the Question


Can't help myself but add a one-item tip. That's because I keep seeing this error even in important documents being sent to gatekeepers who can make or break a career--the major theme behind my book The Frugal Editor, by the way. That is, use zero-tolerance editing for the stuff that goes to gatekeepers. So here it is:


Most dictionaries say this is a one-word adjective. When used as an adjective spell it "everyday." Example: "The store offers everyday values."

But when it is an adverb, it's two words. Here's an example. "He offers a new deal in his store every day."

Its use as two words is even clearer when it's used as a noun. It's also less likely to cause a disagreement (-: or confusion when it's a noun. Here's an example: "Every day is a beautiful day."

Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success at Learn more about her other authors' aids at, where writers will find lists and other helps on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog.

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