Everyday vs Every day

Everyday and every day are commonly confused in English. There’s no difference in pronunciation, but using the wrong one when writing is a mistake in the everyday English you use every day.

Everyday

Everyday is an adjective that means commonplace, ordinary, or normal.

These shoes are great for everyday wear.

You shouldn’t wear an everyday outfit to the wedding.

Don’t use the everyday dishes – it’s a special occasion.

 
Every day

Every day means "each day."

I go to the park every day.

I have to work every day this week except Friday.

Every day I feel a little better.

The Bottom Line

Everyday is a single word and is an adjective, so it’s the one that is used in front of a noun to describe something as normal or commonplace. Every day is an adjective (every) plus a noun (day), and it means each day.

 
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6 comments for “Everyday vs Every day

  1. Kenny
    27 March 2014 at 4:58 pm

    So if you Say “Helping Other People Everyday” that is the improper way????

    So to correct the english it would be: “Helping Other People Every Day” correct?

    • lkl
      27 March 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Yes, in that phrase, “every day” is the correct term.

  2. 30 March 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Never noticed the difference before, thank you. I learn every day.

  3. Tiago W.
    10 April 2014 at 6:53 am

    I’ve been a teacher of English for years now and had never paid attention to this detail. Thank you fro Brazil!

  4. Dakota
    14 April 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Google drive always tries to correct my grammar when I use every day. It tries to make me change it to everyday, even though I am using it the proper way. Just goes to show that no one truly understands all of grammar.

    • lkl
      15 April 2014 at 6:39 am

      I’d say it’s more an example of why technology can never replace humans when it comes to language – it can’t fully understand context the way we do.

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