Words Students Confuse - every day and everyday

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A student recently wrote, "I take the bus everyday to go to school."

This is incorrect, and should be, "I take the bus every day to go to school."

What is the difference between these words, and how can you know which one to use?

First, every day is an adverbial expression which means "each day of the week". "He takes the bus every day" means that he waits at the bus stop, gets on the bus, and rides it to school each day of the week.

Everyday is an adjective meaning 'average, normal, not extraordinary'. It is followed by a noun. For example, "I am wearing my everyday pair of jeans", means an average pair of jeans, nothing special.

Choose "every day" or "everyday" in the following exercises:

1. This is a simple, _________________ cleaner for the floor.
2. Eating fruit and vegetables _________________ is good for your health.
3. Most people work _____________________ of the week.
4. The sun rising is an _________________ occurrence that most people do not see.
5. She likes to go to the gym _________________ that she can.
6. This is my _____________ bag, with just what I need for the office.

Click here for the correct answers.

1. This is a simple, everyday cleaner for the floor.
2. Eating fruit and vegetables every day is good for your health.
3. Most people work every day of the week.
4. The sun rising is an everyday occurrence that most people do not see.
5. She likes to go to the gym every day that she can.
6. This is my everyday bag, with just what I need for the office.

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