They’re the same words in the same order — but one has a space and one doesn’t, and they mean different things. Here’s what you need to know to use everyday and every day correctly.
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Everyday is the adjective, so you’d use it to describe an object or activity that is common: everyday people, everyday hero. Every day is a phrase which describes something which happens each day: every day I write the book, every day I love you more.
In spoken English, no-one is going to notice the difference, but in written English, you absolutely can — yet people getting it wrong remains an everyday occurrence. You should strive every day to avoid that mistake. Accuracy matters.
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