Everyday and every day are commonly confused in written English. They both have exactly the same pronunciation but they have completely different meanings. It is therefore critical that you use the correct version in accordance with the meaning you are trying to convey.
In this article we take a look at the two different terms and show you how to use them correctly. In less that a minute’s time you’ll know exactly why the sign to the left is completely wrong!
Understanding the terms: every day and everyday
The word “everyday” is an adjective that means commonplace or ordinary:
“I am going to wear my everyday clothes to the grocery store and get changed into my best clothes for the party later.”
“In everyday written English, you should always start a sentence with a capital letter.”
“It’s an everyday occurrence to see the birds in the garden.”
When the words “every” and “day” are recorded as two separate words they mean “each day.” The word “every” acts as an adjective and “day” is a noun:
“I do my homework after school every day.”
“I get up early every day.”
“I make sure I brush my teeth every day.”
Everyday and every day: the bottom line
“Everyday” is a single word and is an adjective, so it should be used in front of a noun to describe something that is normal or commonplace.
“Every day” is an adjective (every) plus a noun (day), and it means each day, or on a daily basis.