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    Anonymous
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    Hello,

    Someone from English speaking countries please explain the difference between Everyday and Every day?

    Thanks 🙂

    #4625
    Laura Baker
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    Hi Xitxit!

    The difference is in the part of speech.

    Everyday is an adjective. It is used to describe that something always happens each day or <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>the quality of being normal or usual</span>.

    Examples:
    This is an everyday occurrence.
    Everyday is an adjective used to modify occurrence. The sentence means that this happens each day.
    We are just your average, everyday people.
    Everyday is an adjective to modify people. The sentence means that we are average, normal people.

    Every day is an adverb and noun. It is used adverbially to talk about time.

    Examples:
    This happens every day.
    Every is an adverb to modify day. It is not just some days that it happens, but every day.
    I go to work every weekday.
    Every modifies weekday. This means that I don’t go to work on the weekends, just every weekday.

    Tip: If you aren’t sure if you should use everyday or every day, try replacing it with “each day” or “ordinary”.  If “each day” sounds ok, use the two-word “every day” in the sentence. If “ordinary” sounds ok, use “everyday” in the sentence.

    Examples:
    1. I go to the beach each day.
    -> Use “every day“: I go to the beach every day.
    2. It is just an ordinary work hat.
    -> Use “everyday“: It is just an everyday work hat.

    I hope that helps clear up the difference between the two. If you have any more questions about it, please feel free to contact me!

     

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