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Every day or Everyday?

I’ve grown up with English and there are times when I even think in English! Yet, there are times when certain words make me think twice about them when I write them.

One such word is ‘every day’. Or…is it ‘everyday’?

Does this confusion sound familiar? Join the club!

Every day and everyday are both commonly confused. They are pronounced in the same way, but are written differently, as you can see.

Now, when used in spoken English, it really doesn’t matter whether you add a space or not. Nobody’s reading it after all! But what happens when someone’s reading what you wrote. That’s when it really matters.

Thankfully, unlike other confusing and closely related words in English, this one is quite easy to remember.

So, just what is the difference?

“I go to the gym every day in my everyday exercise wear.”

You can find your answer in that sentence itself, if you observe carefully.

Let’s consider the first part of the sentence: I go to the gym every day.

As you can clearly see, every day is written with a space, when it means every single day, or each day.

Let’s now consider the next part of the sentence: in my everyday exercise wear.

Can you see it now?

The word ‘everyday’ is written without a space and it means something that is common, normal and used every other day.

Now that we got the hang of it, I will share some more examples!

  • “These shoes are great for everyday use.”
  • “I play the violin every day.”
  • “I love to try new recipes every day.”
  • “This is my everyday recipe for a healthy breakfast.”

Easy as that! But I won’t let you go without a grammar byte on this one-

‘Everyday’ is a single word and is an adjective, so it’s the one that is used in before a noun to describe something as normal or ordinary. ‘Every day’ is an adjective (every) plus a noun (day), and it means each day, or on a daily basis or daily.

We’ll crack another similar code soon. Until then, have fun with everyday grammar!

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