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Is it 'everyday' or 'every day'?
Monday December 18th 2017
Question
Should I write "I go to school everyday" or "I go to school every day"?  — Fennie, Hong Kong
Answer

The choice between everyday and every day depends on how it is being used. Use everyday when it is an adjective and every day when it is an adverb.

Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between an adjective and an adverb. Remember that an adjective describes a noun, and an adverb describes a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.

When everyday is an adjective it means "used or seen daily" or "ordinary." You can tell it is an adjective because it always comes before the noun it describes. Below are some examples of how the adjective everyday is used:

  • The toddler's tantrums became an everyday occurrence.
  • It was a casual party so she wore her everyday clothes.
  • They went to the store to replace a few everyday items: toothpaste, paper towels, etc.
  • He was tired of the predictable routine of everyday life.

 

When you use the adverb phrase every day it means "daily," "day by day," or "every weekday." One way to find out if you need to use the two-word form is to see if you can put another word (an adjective) between "every" and "day" as in "every single day." Below are some examples of how the adverb phrase every day is used:

  • Every day I turn off the lights before I leave the house.
  • I saw her every day while we were in college.
  • They've been to the new book store every day since it opened.
  • He's worn that hat practically every day of his life.

 

So then the sentence you should use is "I go to school every day."

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