Help! Is it Everyday or Every day?

Everyday vs Every day

Everyday vs Every day

This morning on Instagram I saw a post highlighting a sign that used everyday incorrectly. Aw yes, the confusion continues–everyday vs every day. I know it can be confusing! They look and sound similar, but don’t let them fool you! They are used in different ways. 

Everyday:

The word everyday is defined as: encountered or used routinely or typically: ordinary. It is an adjective, and it answers the question “what kind?” One example would be:

This morning I followed my everyday routine.

Or: 

My everyday chores include sweeping the floor and making dinner.

Remember that everyday is an adjective, so it will be describing something.

everyday clothes; everyday schedule; everyday route; everyday meals; everyday monotony. 

Every day:

The phrase every day is defined as: when something happens each day. It’s an adverbial phrase and answers the question “when?” Just try replacing it with each day; if it fits then you’re using it correctly. One example would be:

Every day I go for a run.

Or:

Every day during the summer my kids read for 30 minutes.

Remember that every day can be replaced by each day.

Every day the sunset is different; Every day I like to write in my journal; Every day my kids want to go swimming.

Ok, let’s try a few and see if you can figure out the correct word to use.

  1. My __________ run makes me feel so strong.
  2. __________ I try to eat healthy.
  3. What is your __________ routine?
  4. What do your kids need to do __________ ?
  5. It helps to make a habit of your __________ reading.
  6. __________ my husband goes to work.
  7. We swam in the lake __________ of our vacation.
  8. You need to brush your teeth __________ !
  9. Why is my neighbor’s dog’s barking an __________ thing?
  10. __________ I ask my kids to do their __________ chores. Why do I need to ask __________? They should know it’s an __________ thing.

 

Okay, how’d you do?

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  3. everday
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  10. Every day, everyday, every day, everyday

Whew! You made it! Congratulations! You are now an everyday vs every day expert!

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Thank you to Dictionary.com for much of my information!