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Everyday Or Every Day?

Learn the difference between everyday and every day

By
Mignon Fogarty
1-minute read

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Last week, when I was grading my college students’ midterms, I noticed that more than half the students didn’t seem to know the difference between everyday (one word) and every day (two words).

Everyday (one word) means “common.”

You let the kids set the table with the everyday dishes, not the good china.

Every day (two words) means “each day.”

Every day I keep hoping I’ll feel better.

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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