(with no space) doesn’t mean the same thing as every day (with a space). In
speech, however, they do sound the same. No wonder it’s so easy to confuse them
with one another. What does each phrase mean and how do you use them?
Everyday (as one word) is an
adjective. Thesauruses list average, ordinary, and standard as
synonyms. “Everyday clothing,” then, refers to the ordinary clothes
you wear on regular days, as opposed to outfits designated for special events
or holidays. Occasionally, people use everyday as a noun—it’s a shorthand way
of referring to their everyday routines. Here are some quotes to help you
understand how to use everyday.
day means “each
day.” The easiest way to remember this is to think about the space
separating the two words. Because of that space, “every” is simply an adjective
modifying the word “day.” If you paired every with any other word, it would
away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ―Pablo Picasso
I want to
buy every album that Barbra Streisand has ever made. = I want to buy each of
Barbra Streisand’s albums.
I want to
eat mashed sweet potatoes every day of my life. = I want to eat mashed sweet
potatoes each day of my life.