Thursday, April 9, 2015

Separated Words = Different Meanings

Happy Thursday, everyone! Here's hoping you've had an awesome week so far. Today, we're going into a couple of words that mean different things when separated or put together. Yeah, it's Thursday and time for a writing tip! *grin* Grab those pens and notebooks and let's get going!

First up:

awhile vs a while

The first one is an adverb meaning for a while; the second is a noun.

Quick check: If you can replace the segment with the phrase for a while and it still make sense, it's correct.

Second on the list:

everyday vs every day

Everyday is an adjective that means something occurs every day or is ordinary. In the second part, every is an adjective modifying the noun day.

Quick check: If you can replace the segment with the phrase each day and it still makes sense, it's correct.

Next:

anymore vs any more

Anymore is an adverb; any more is an adjective.

Quick check: If you can replace the segment with the phrase nowadays, and it still makes sense, it's correct.

Lastly:

everyone vs every one

The first is an infinite pronoun, the second is a possessive pronoun.

Quick check: Replace the segment with the phrase everybody; if it still makes sense, it's correct.

Do you have any that drive you batty? Share!

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!

Jo

4 comments:

  1. The English language can feel maddening at times! I still don't know when to use alright or all right lol

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    1. Yes, it can be. :) Thanks for the comment, Heather! BTW, it's always all right ;)

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  2. Handy tips. I always get peeved when people use there for their, or the reverse

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    1. You and me both! :) Glad it was helpful! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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