Every day or Everyday?

February 4, 2014 by edotgdot

. . .it’s a gettin’ closer / Goin’ faster than a roller coaster / Love like yours will surely come my way. . .  -Buddy Holly

Everyday or every day? Well, it depends.

Everyday is an adjective used to describe things that (1) occur every day or (2) are ordinary or commonplace. In the phrase every day, the adjective every modifies the noun day, and the phrase usually functions adverbially.

Every day you eat breakfast. Sam walks the dog every day.

Can’t figure out which one to use? Replace everyday or every day with each day. If each day would make sense in its place, then you want to use the two-word form.

To explore further, review these examples.

I take a nap every day.

Reading is an everyday activity.

I take the train to the office every day.

Those are my everyday shoes.

(Buddy Holly should have used Every Day, but we’ll let it slide.)


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