Every Day vs. Everyday

How to use "every day" and "everyday" correctly

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There are a number of expressions in English that can be written both as a single word and as separate words, each with a distinct usage or part of speech. The most problematic of these are “every day” and “everyday.” As a compound word, everyday should only be used as an adjective to describe ordinary things that are used or encountered frequently:

everyday problems
everyday clothes

For an adverbial description, write the words separately:

go to the office every day

In the sentence above, “every day” does not modify a noun; it is an adverb because it tells when someone goes.

It might help to remember this distinction by thinking of the hit song “Everyday People,” originally performed by Sly and the Family Stone.

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