Grammar Bite #20 – Use of ‘everyday’ and ‘every day’

19 April 2012

 

There is such a small difference between ‘everyday’ and ‘every day’—just a single space. But there’s a big difference in meaning between the two.

 

Mistakes with these two are common, so be careful to choose the correct version when you write.

 

Everyday (without a space)

The single word everyday is an adjective. It means commonplace or ordinary.

 

Here are some examples:

These are my everyday work clothes.

We’ve got special guests coming for dinner, so let’s use our best dishes and silverware – not the everyday ones.

 

Every day (with a space)

The phrase every day is composed of the adjective ‘every’ plus the noun ‘day’. It is used to talk about something that is done daily (each day).

 

Here are some examples:

I go to work every day, Monday through Friday.

Every day this week we’ll be working on the new product launch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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