Find the Error 39
(Extract adapted from a course brochure produced by a
national provider of online courses for adults)
What kind of mistake do you see? (Choose one:)
- doesn't make sense
- singular / plural
In this example the mistake comes in the last line, where 'every day' should
be 'everyday'. The difference is important: 'every day' is an adverbial phrase
describing a period of time when something happens. For example, 'I go for a
walk every day'. On the other hand, 'everyday' is an adjective which is used
before a noun to describe something that is ordinary or run-of-the-mill or
normal, for example: 'Shop at Debbie's – for everyday value and service'.
The sentence should read: '… be able to participate with confidence in all
sorts of everyday situations'.
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