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'Everyday' vs 'Every Day': What's the Difference? | Mastering Grammar

(Last Updated: 16 May 2024)

Everyday vs Every Day: What Is the Difference?

Are you confused about when to use everyday and every day? This blog post will clarify the difference and help you get it right.

The Difference between Everyday and Every Day

Everyday is an adjective meaning 'commonplace' or 'ordinary'. It should be used before a noun:

Most people prefer to wear everyday clothes.

Computers are a part of everyday life.

Everyday activities like walking and doing housework are beneficial for your health.

However, people often mistakenly use this one-word form in situations that require two words:

Tom listens to music everyday.
Tom listens to music every day.

❌ They go to the coffee shop everyday.
✅ They go to the coffee shop every day.

I spend some time everyday reading newspapers and books.
I spend some time every day reading newspapers and books.

Every day is an adverbial phrase that indicates how often an action takes place:

 Luke plays football every day.

I go for a morning run every day to start my day off right.

My brother and I talk on the phone every day, even if it's just for a few minutes.

Tips for Remembering the Difference between Everyday and Every Day

An image of text that says the one-word form 'everyday' should come before a noun—as in everyday occurrence, everyday diet, and everyday English. Use the two-word form if it can be replaced with 'each day'.
Everyday (1 word) means 'commonplace' or 'ordinary'. Every day (2 words) means 'each day'.

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Examples from the Media

In addition to causing back pain and other daily aches, this inflexibility can make it harder to do everyday tasks, such as picking up a fork that has dropped to the floor or turning your neck to look over your shoulder while you're driving. The Washington Post (2022)

Shifting to a low-carbon economy will profoundly change the everyday lives of Canadians. Toronto Star (2021)

I resolved to swim a kilometre in a local ocean pool every day. The Sydney Morning Herald (2021)

At other restaurants [in hotels] because of rotating schedules, it can be rare to have the chef and manager working on the same day, and yet guests are paying the same price every day. South China Morning Post (2021)

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'Everyday' or 'Every Day'? Which One Is Correct?

Practice

In the following sentences, decide whether the given expression should be one word or two.

1. I am bored with my everyday/every day routine.

2. It is good to read everyday/every day.

3. He goes to the library everyday/every day.

4. Going to the library is his everyday/every day activity.

5. My wardrobe mainly consists of everyday/every day clothing like jeans and T-shirts.

Answer Key

1. everyday    2. every day    3. every day    4. everyday    5. everyday

Real-World Examples of Misuse

(Source: WeChat)

An MTR poster showing the slogan, 'Climb stairs everyday for good health and happiness'. Here, the word 'everyday' should have been written as two separate words.

Everyday (as a single word) is an adjective that means 'common' or 'ordinary', while every day (with a space) means 'each day'. In the above sentence, the phrase every day should be used to denote frequency, meaning that this situation occurs every single day.



A Poundland lorry emblazoned with the company's slogan, 'Amazing value everyday!' Here, the word 'everyday' should have been written as two separate words.


A DeLonghi poster showing the company's slogan, 'Better Everyday'. Here, the word 'everyday' should have been written as two separate words.

A Dole poster showing the company's slogan, 'Fresh banana everyday!' Here, the plural form 'bananas' should have been used and the word 'everyday' should have been written as two separate words.

(Source: English Examiner for Junior Forms, Book 1A)
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1. I believe that this was the intended meaning of the sentence. In other words, we don't want to do this, but we have to.
2. But is not used with although or even though.
3. Every day should be two separate words in this sentence.

1. A person plays truant from school. To play truant is to stay away from school without permission.
2. The two-word form every day should be used in this sentence.



1. It would be much better to use the definite article twice or not at all.
2. The phrase every day is an adverbial phrase that describes the frequency of an action. When used to modify a verb, it should be written as two separate words (every day) rather than as a single word (everyday). In this sentence, the two-word form should be used to indicate that the action of Mrs Lee driving to school occurs each day.

1. Every day should be two separate words in this sentence.
2. In general, a singular countable noun (e.g. infinitive) should be preceded by a determiner such as an, the, and that.
(Source: Learning through Practice—Grammar and Usage for Senior Secondary Students: Multiple Choice Questions)
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