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Using Everyday vs Every Day

Instructor: Lindsy Frazer

Dr. Frazer has taught several college level Science courses and has a master's degree in Human Biology and a PhD in Library and Information Science.

Do you brush your teeth everyday or every day? If this sounds like a trick question, explore this lesson to learn the difference between the word everyday and the phrase every day.

Every Day or Everyday?

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Help Buddy the ape out by filling in the blanks with either the word 'everyday' or the phrase 'every day.'

If this sounds like a trick request, you are not alone. Every day, people misuse everyday words.

When you read that last sentence you might have noticed that the first two words and the fifth word sound the same but are typed differently. A tiny space between the words 'every' and 'day' makes a big difference.

They look pretty similar but, the single word 'everyday' and the two word phrase 'every day' have different meanings and uses.

Everyday

Use 'everyday' to describe things as ordinary, common or usual. It is common for people to brush their teeth each morning. So, you could say brushing your teeth is an everyday activity.

Everyday is an adjective (a word that describes) that means ordinary, common or usual. Use 'everyday' when you want to describe a person, place or thing as commonplace or average.

  • Warm, sunny days are an everyday occurrence in the Bahamas.

The weather in the Bahamas is usually warm and sunny, so we can describe this type of weather as everyday.

  • Weddings are formal events, so you cannot wear your everyday clothes.

The clothing people wear most days can be described as everyday because it is common and usual.

Don't leave our ape friend hanging! A banana is his usual afternoon snack. So, he would say, 'This is my everyday snack.'

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Every day

Use every day when you mean each day or daily. Each morning when I wake up and each evening before I go to sleep I brush my teeth. So, I can say, I brush my teeth every day. I hope my dentist is reading this!

Every day is a phrase that means daily. It describes how often or how frequently something occurs. Use it in a sentence when you want to indicate that an event takes place each day.

  • I take my dog for a walk every day.

In this sentence, 'every day' let's the reader know how often I take my dog for a walk.

  • I learn something new every day.

Today you learned the difference between everyday and every day!

Back to Buddy the ape. He eats a banana daily, so he would say, 'This is my snack every day.'

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Put it To the Test

Use this quick test to figure out if you should use the phrase 'every day' in a sentence. Replace the words 'every day' with the words 'each day.' If the sentence still makes sense, than 'every day' is the right choice.

Let's try it!

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