Everyday vs every day


May I know what is the different between everyday and every day? I go to school everyday or I go to school every day? Thanks.

asked May 10 '12 at 14:07 May New member

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Everyday is an adjective that describe the common, routine, mundane.

     I need to do my everyday chores.

Every day can be replaced with each day (an easy way to remember how to use every day).

     I need to do chores every day.


What you do, May, is go to school every day

link comment answered May 10 '12 at 15:27 Jody M. Expert

I agree with Jody.


"Everyday" is a closed compound adjective and should be followed by a noun. It never stands alone as the subject or object of a sentence or phrase.


"Every day" is an adjective followed by a noun. It can serve as a subject or object.


Jody's "each day" is an excellent way of deciding which is correct in your sentence.

link comment answered May 10 '12 at 16:51 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

There is no difference between them.

link answered May 10 '12 at 15:22 Rahul Gupta Expert

There is a difference between them. See my answer.

Jody M.May 10 '12 at 15:28

What about them:




Rahul GuptaMay 11 '12 at 09:16

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary states "everyday" to be only adjective nothing else.

There is no word like "every day".

Rahul GuptaMay 11 '12 at 09:19

Oxford is correct; "everyday" is an adjective. I'd imagine "every day" isn't in the dictionary because it's two words. I found a couple links for you:




I found these links by using Google to search for "everyday or every day".

Jody M.May 11 '12 at 11:59

By the way, if you click the first link you provide to dictionary.com and scroll down to "Origin", you will find "See every, day". Click "every" and it will bring you to the definition of that word and show an example of how to use "every day".

Jody M.May 11 '12 at 12:06

Thanks a lot.

Rahul GuptaMay 11 '12 at 12:13

You're welcome, Rahul. It's hard for me, as a native speaker, to wrap my mind around all the different usages of words and all the rules. I can't even imagine what it's like for someone trying to learn this language.

Jody M.May 11 '12 at 13:39

I understand, as the things came naturally to you, but we learned the language and were taught with the rules and the use of dictionary so we always run behind them as a base. A native speaker learns a language in the natural environment but the one who learns it as second language learns it by the rules and translations and in prepared environment. I am among the second group.

Rahul GuptaMay 11 '12 at 14:43

Just because we learned the language naturally, does not mean we always know what we are talking about! : ) Native speakers make mistakes too, and I include myself in that statement. I make mistakes with the language quite often, written and spoken. You might have noticed that we don't always agree. You might have noticed that we need a helping hand sometimes too. I have a huge amount of respect for anyone learning English as a foreign language. Keep posting answers, Rahul. Keep posting questions, as well. We learn by making mistakes. If I post a comment to one of your answers, I'm not trying to yell at you or make you feel bad. I want you to have a better understanding of the language. You're not going to find that in a dictionary. I learn something every time I provide an answer. I hope you do too.

Jody M.May 11 '12 at 16:15

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