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Everyday vs. Every Day: Which One Is The Right Word?

Both everyday and every day are grammatically correct, but they mean different things and need to be used depending on the context. One is an adjective and the other an adverbial phrase. This blog will explain to you everything that you need to know about the difference between everyday and every day!

Everyday vs. Every Day: Which One Is The Right Word? | English Medium

What Is The Meaning Of Every Day? 

Written as two words with a space between, “every day” is an adverbial phrase meaning “on a daily basis.” This means we use it to describe an action that happens daily. For instance:

We go bowling every day.

Here, “every day” modifies the verb phrase “go bowling” to show us how often it happens. The most important thing here, though, is that the two-word phrase “every day” applies to actions.

Every day is not a compound word. Instead, it’s a simple phrase made up of two words.

How Is Everyday Different From Every Day? 

Written as a single word, “everyday” is an adjective meaning “routine,” “normal,” or “mundane.” We can therefore use it to describe something that is for daily use or part of a regular routine:

“I changed into my everyday sports uniform before attending basketball practice.”

This sense of “everyday” is used to contrast with something designed for special occasions. It doesn’t, however, necessarily mean that the speaker wears the exact same clothes every single day.

And although this term is commonly used for clothing, it can be applied to anything that is part of a regular routine or day-to-day practice (e.g., a store might offer “everyday prices”). 

An important thing to remember while dealing with the word ‘everyday’ is that, since it is an adjective it can only be applied to a noun and not a verb. 

Which One Should You Use And When?

The difference between the two is subtle, which is why you need to be very careful while using either. The key is that ‘every day’ is an adverbial phrase so it only applies to verbs or action words. The other term i.e., ‘everyday’ is an adjective and is always only used to modify nouns. 

Take a look at these examples: 

  1. I have the same sandwich for lunch everyday. 
  2. I have the same sandwich for lunch every day. 

Out of the two, the second sentence is correct as the speaker is trying to convey that they have the same sandwich for lunch each day. 

  1. I like to order my coffee from the everyday menu at the corner cafe. 
  2. I like to order my coffee from the everyday menu at the corner cafe. 

In this pair of sentences, the first one is correct as the speaker wants to convey that they order coffee from the regular menu available at the cafe rather than the special one. 

The easiest way to keep things straight is to ask yourself whether you’re talking about each day or something commonplace or average. 

We hope this article helps you make the right choice between everyday and every day. 

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