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Usage You Can See: Everyday or Every Day?

every day posterShudder. I woke up this morning thinking, “Oh my gosh. I have been misusing “every day” every day on my blog this week!”   Yikes.  (I didn’t misuse it. My brain was overreacting!)

It’s true. Don’t laugh. I did wake up thinking about these words.

But then as my early morning brain muddle started to clear, my more rational self came alive, and “blog topic!” “blog topic!” “blog topic!” flashed before my eyes.  (Now I know you’re really laughing at this poor, sick grammar and usage geek.)

I reviewed the possibility with my barely-awake husband (aka sounding board and editor). He said, “Yes, dear. Whatever.”

Laugh all you want, but I have a topic for today! So there.

Everyday and every day.

Yes, everyday and every day are different, and unfortunately, often confused.  If you know your parts of speech, you can easily straighten out these two often confused words. But you need examples so you can see the difference.

1. Everyday = one word = adjective.         

  • Meaning of everyday: common, ordinary, usual, suitable for ordinary days
  • Placement in sentence:  Adjectives come before the noun they modify.
  • Check: does a noun follow everyday?    If so, use the single word everyday. Everyday stays next to the noun.

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2. Every day = two words

  • Every (adjective) +  day (noun) = adverbial phrase telling when
  • Meaning: each day, daily, every single day; something occurs on a daily basis.
  • Placement in sentence: Moves around. Can be in beginning, middle, or ending.
  • Check 1: substitute “each day” for every day.  This happens each day.
  • Check 2: insert single between every and day. Does it make sense?  This happens every single day.
  • Check 3: Can you move every day to different places in the sentence? If so, use two words.

This happens every day.
Every day this happens.

Marietta goes to school every day.
Every day Marietta goes to school.

Every day you make the same complaint.
You make the same complaint every day.
Every day you make the same everyday complaints.

The custodian does the same tasks every day.
Every day the custodian does the same tasks.
Every day, the custodian does the same everyday tasks.

Real Life Quotes written correctly on Twitter using every day.

Don’t count every day of the week; make every day of the week count. @Wiseman
I don’t know what the “breakthrough” point will be, but I know that every day I hammer away, I’m one day closer. @Curtmega
Every day is a new beginning, so treat it that way.   @OMGFunniest
Waking up every day is a blessing, not a privilege. @idillionaire
Every day, do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. Doug Firebaugh
We thank nurses for the work they do every day to support us and keep us happy.
Every day should be Teacher Appreciation Day. #Thank a teacher.
Love. Enjoy your work. Pray every day. Have fun. Don’t complicate life. @Paul Coelho
Reinventing yourself after cancer would mean finding little ways every day to live with mindful awareness. @DanMezick

Grammar and Usage and Twitter

I happened to check Twitter about the time the above poster quote using everyday/every day was tweeted and retweeted. Some tweeters got it right; but others got it wrong by dropping the space between every and day (see the poster). Some retweeters did not notice this omission. That’s how bad grammar and usage get perpetuated!  (Poster credit: PicNQuotes)

And for those of you who must say “Justin Bieber” every day, use two words: every day, as in “every single day.”

        Twitter tweet today:
“Justin Bieber Fan 
I say ”Justin” or ”Justin Bieber” everyday! RT if you do to ♡”

Read

The Last Meow   

This everyday food is just too boring. It’s putting me to sleeeee…     Photo: catlovingcare.com

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Please, everyone, use your White House manners, not your everyday manners.  Photo: 2pawsupinc

eat at dinner table 2pawsupinc.

Yum. Yum. I could eat this delicious cantaloupe every day.  (Photo credit: Emmie Mears)

cat and cataloupe Emmie Mears 4-18-13

Meow for now. ={^;^}=

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8 thoughts on “Usage You Can See: Everyday or Every Day?

  1. I enjoy reading your posts every day Janice. I have nominated you on my new Awards page.

  2. nancyrae4 on said:

    As usual, not your everyday post! Thanks for the wealth of information you share with us:)

  3. S.Z. Williams on said:

    Haha! I hate the surprise grammar/spelling mistake realization! Worst feeling ever.

  4. Kay Lee on said:

    I don’t know how you do it every day!!! And it’s so not everyday stuff!!!!

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