Every Day or Everyday?

What Is the Difference between "Every Day" and "Everyday"?

"Every day" and "everyday" sound the same, but they have completely different meanings. They are even different parts of speech. So, that space is important! "Every day" and "everyday" are not interchangeable.
  • Every day. "Every day" is similar in meaning to "each day." For example:
    • I work every day. correct tick
    • Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day. correct tick (Author Elbert Hubbard)
    • (The phrase "every day" is made up of a determiner ("every") and a noun ("day").)
  • Everyday. "Everyday" means "normal" or "ordinary." For example:
    • Polishing boots is an everyday task for a soldier. correct tick
    • Why are these so expensive? They are everyday items. correct tick
    • ("Everyday" is an adjective.)
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More about "Every Day" and "Everyday"

Every Day

"Every day" (two words) can usually be substituted with "each day." (In this expression, the word "every" is an indefinite determiner that modifies the noun "day.")

Here are some example sentences with "every day." (Try substituting "every day" with "each day"):
  • Every day is a good day to be alive, whether the sun's shining or not. correct tick (Singer Marty Robbins)
  • Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. correct tick (Author Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. correct tick (Comedian W C Fields)
  • Every day brings new choices. correct tick (Author Martha Beck)


"Everyday" (one word) is similar to "normal," "ordinary," or "usual." ("Everyday" is an adjective.)

Here are some example sentences with "everyday":
  • Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. correct tick(Poet Berthold Auerbach)
  • The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking. correct tick (Physicist Albert Einstein)
  • I think it's important to find the little things in everyday life that make you happy. correct tick (Singer Paula Cole)

Use "Every Day" If "Each Day" Works

Like "every," the word "each" is a determiner. If "each" works as a perfect substitute for "every" in your sentence, then you should be using "every day" not "everyday." If "each day" does not work well (i.e., you feel "normal" would be a better replacement), then you should be using "everyday." For example:
  • Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. correct tick (American entrepreneur Jim Rohn)
  • (As "practiced each day" works perfectly, "every day" is correct.)
  • Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. correct tick (Artist Pablo Picasso)
  • (As "dust of each day life" sounds wrong, "every day" must be wrong. As "normal" sounds okay, "everyday" is correct.)
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.