Writing Tip Wednesday #16: everyday vs. every day

Clothes EditIt’s not the last Wednesday of the month, but I decided it was time for a new tip.

(Want to know what laundry has to do with writing? Nothing. BUT it is mentioned in one of my examples.)

It seems there’s a lot of confusion with everyday and every day. It’s one of those things people don’t think much about, and it’s easy to use the wrong one. After all, the only difference in the way they look is a space.

Every Day
Every day is a phrase that means “each day.” “Every” is an adjective that describes “day,” which is a noun. The phrase is usually used like an adverb, which means it modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb.

Some examples:I wish I had the money to go to Starbucks every day.
Every day, I think about going to the gym. (I don’t always follow through.)

Everyday is an adjective that can mean daily or ordinary.

Some examples:
She hadn’t done laundry in a few weeks, so she wore her everyday clothes to church on Sunday.
For Tina, losing her keys is an everyday occurrence.

A Trick to Make It Easy
Replace the word or phrase with “each day.” If it makes sense, you should be using “every day.” If it doesn’t make sense, use “everyday.”