One of the trickiest types are the words that are spelled the same but are sometimes one word and sometimes two. How the word is spelled depends on how the word is being used in your sentence. Check these out. Do you ever misuse any of the following?
any more vs anymore-
- any more (adjective) means "any additional" or "any extra." Ex: I don't need any more paperwork for the account.
- anymore (adverb) means "any longer." Ex: She refused to stand in his presence anymore.
a while vs, awhile-
- a while (noun) means "a length of time." Ex: It took me a while to finish cleaning my room.
- awhile (adverb) means "for a length of time." Ex: Come visit me for awhile.
back door vs. backdoor-
- back door (noun) Ex: Someone is knocking on the back door.
- backdoor (adjective) means "furtive" or "indirect." Ex: He was an expert at finding people involved in backdoor dealings. Or for ex: The web designer needed backdoor access to fix the site.
back seat vs. back-seat-
- back seat (noun) Ex: The back seat of my car is filled with clothing.
- back-seat (adjective) Ex: Don't be a back-seat driver!
- The same rules applies to back yard and back-yard. Ex: The picnic was in the back yard. Or for ex: We're having a back-yard picnic.
back up vs. backup-
- back up (verb) means either "to move position backward" or "to make a copy of something." Ex: Don't back up until the biker passes. Or for ex: Did you back up your computer files?
- backup (noun) means "a copy of something" or "a substitute." Ex: Do you have a backup of the files? Or for ex: We need a backup plan.
car pool vs. carpool-
- car pool (noun) is "a group of individuals who commute together." Ex: I belong to a car pool with other people from my work.
- carpool (verb) means "to participate in a car pool." Ex: I carpool to work on Wednesdays.
every day vs. everyday-
- every day (adjective + noun) combined means "each day." Ex: I shower every day.
- everyday (adjective) describes a noun. Ex: Forgetting to eat breakfast is an everyday occurrence for me.
home school vs. homeschool-
- home school (noun) Ex: Chris graduated from home school.
- homeschool (verb) Ex: I homeschool my children. Or for ex: Are you homeschooled?"
set up vs. setup-
- set up (verb) means "to cause," "to create," "to put in danger," or "to begin." Ex: She set up a lemonade stand at the end of the driveway. It took time to set up the program.
- setup (noun) means "position" or "something constructed or contrived." Ex: It was a setup. Ex: The setup looks great.
some time vs. sometime vs. sometimes-
- some time (some is an adjective and time is a noun) Ex: I spent some time judging the contest entries.
- sometime (adverb) means "at an unspecific point in time." Ex: I'll clean my room sometime tomorrow. Or for ex: I went there sometime last May.
- sometimes (adverb) means "occasionally." Ex: I visit my parents sometimes. Or for ex: I sometimes go to that pizza place on Broadway Avenue.
under way vs. underway-
- under way (adverb) means "in progress." Ex: The contest is under way. Or for ex: The trip will be under way soon.
- underway (adjective) means "happening while in motion." Ex: These are the underway activities on the cruise ship.
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