every day vs everyday what is the difference and when is it used

Learning something new and useful everyday is what this site is about, that’s why we had to explain the difference between everyday and every day.

Every day and everyday are compound words. These are words that when two or more words are put together they form a new word and meaning, for example, every one and everyone, everybody every body.  

They are read at once as one word but the instances under which they are used create the difference.

Another type of compound words are separated by hyphens for example mother-in-law

Every day and everyday are too similar when spoken and always interchanged that’s why it becomes hard to tell the difference until you are writing them.

What is the difference between everyday and every day?

Every alone refers to all members of a group of items or people and used with singular nouns.

In this case, the singular noun is day and not days, so we say every day whilst referring to all days, not every days.

Everyday means happening normally, daily or regularly and is one word for example “everyday shoes” refers to shoes you wear daily or regularly

Everyday is an adjective usually used before a noun for example;

  1. Breakups  have become part of everyday life
  2. Phones are important for everyday use
  3. Going to work is an everyday event for most people

Every day is two words meaning to each day.

Every day is an adverbial phrase and acts as an adverb in a sentence.

The first word every is the adjective and day is the noun but used together( every day) they form an adverbial phrase.

Every day is more specific when being used for example;

  1. He drives to work every day
  2. She goes to school every day except Sunday.
  3. I go to school every day

With every day even if you change the noun it remains more specific fore instance every country, every city, every month

In that case, every can be substituted for each, for example, each city, each day, each country, each month.

More on every and each usage

When every is always used in front of a singular noun and is followed by a singular verb. The same applies when “each” is used for example;

  1. Each day has been hell for me
  2. Every day has been hell for me

OR when not using “day”

  1. Every student has a pen
  2. Each student has a pen


The easier way to know which word to use is by placing “an adjective” in between “every” and “day” and read through to see if it sounds grammatically correct for example we will use “single”;

  1. She goes to school every “single” day. This sounds right

This would imply that she goes to school every day as two words are correct. “She goes to school everyday” is wrong.

  1. This is an outfit for every “single” day use.

This does not sound right which means it’s wrong and it should be “this is an outfit for everyday use”

  1. I go to school every “single” day. Sounds okay.

This would imply that I go to school every day is correct and I go to school everyday is wrong.

So if “single” fits in between “every and day” as per the examples above, then use two words (every day) if it does not then use one word (everyday).


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