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Today you’ll learn some common English words that are often misused because they are so similar. The only difference between them is a space, or one letter. The context of the sentences will help you understand how to know which one to use.
1. Already vs. All ready
Already = something that has happened previously
All ready = everyone or everything is ready
The clothes are clean – I’ve already washed them.
Hey guys – are you all ready for the road trip?
2. Sometime vs. Some time
Sometime = an unspecified point in time
Some time = an unspecified amount of time
Let’s go out to eat sometime next week.
I met her some time ago and we have remained good friends.
3. Anyway vs. Any way
Anyway = in any case
Any way = any manner; by any means
I don’t mind coming to work early. I’m a morning person, anyway.
If there’s any way you can help us, we’d appreciate it.
4. Everyday vs. Every day
Everyday = an adjective meaning ordinary or casual
Every day = describes how frequently you do something
You like this dress? It’s just my everyday dress that I wear around the house.
I make sure to drink five glasses of water every day.
5. Everyone vs. Every one
Everyone = refers to all people (same as “everybody”)
Every one = refers to individual objects. We often say “every single one” to emphasize it.
Everyone has a special skill that makes him or her unique.
He was totally unprepared for the test; he got every single one of the answers wrong.
6. Apart vs. A part
Apart = physically separated
A part = one part of something
The pillars are about five feet apart from each other.
I gave her a part of my sandwich.
Note: We often use simply “part” rather than “a part,” so we could also say “I gave her part of my sandwich.”
7. Altogether vs. All together
Altogether = completely. It can also be used to show that an amount is a total.
All together = in a group
The traffic was very slow, and then it stopped altogether. (= completely)
We sold our CD collection for about $500 altogether. (= a total)
I love it when my family is all together at Christmas.