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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17 comments for “Everyday vs Every day

  1. Kenny
    27 March 2014 at 16:58

    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 17:05

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

  2. 30 March 2014 at 23:12

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

  3. Tiago W.
    10 April 2014 at 06:53

    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 13:06

    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 06:39

      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.

  5. 20 April 2014 at 03:30

    I didn’t know this difference between Everyday & Every day before reading this post. Thank you Laura.

  6. Faith Hart
    13 May 2014 at 16:16

    I believe there is a slight difference in pronunciation: the adjective is pronounced with more emphasis on the first syllable; the two words are pronounced with more equal emphasis.

    • lkl
      14 May 2014 at 06:15

      Maybe, but that’s not really the issue. People mix the two up when writing.

  7. Faith Hart
    14 May 2014 at 08:24

    Yes, but if you look at the initial entry, it says, “There’s no difference in pronunciation.”

  8. Verusha Singh
    14 May 2014 at 22:47

    Thanks! This was helpful.

  9. 27 June 2014 at 06:37

    My student asked the difference today… and so I am here!!!!!!!!!

  10. Cindy
    8 July 2014 at 18:16

    Good point, Faith !

  11. Mo
    24 July 2014 at 14:25

    Every day I help everyday people.

  12. carolyn
    30 July 2014 at 22:06

    I just though of this reading the post. Her is an easy way to figure out how to use the word “every dayeryday-vs-every-day/'> -->everyday” verses “every day” correctly in a sentence. Try to put the word “single” in a sentence between every and day. For example, “I go to the park every single day.” and, “You shouldn’t wear an every single day outfit to the wedding.” The second one just didn’t sound right. Obviously, you could say that the second sentence sounds technically correct, but it really just doesn’t sound right. It doesn’t sound as correct as, “Every single day i drink a glevery daylk”. So, if the word “single” sounds correct between “every and single”, then i would said that the correct spelling would be every day, with the space.

    Hope this helps!

  13. Carmen
    20 November 2014 at 18:36

    Some examples from Collins dictionary:
    http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/everyday?showCookiePolicy=true

    You know, success is rammed down your throat everyday in England.
    Robert Wilson INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS (2002)

    Open everyday 10am-6pm and late opening Thursday and Friday until 9pm.
    COUNTRY LIFE (2004)

    I am confused…

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