EVERYDAY and EVERY DAY are related but not interchangeable. But don't just take my word for it ... the goal of this spoonful is to prove my point with easy-to-understand examples. There's even a little challenge at the end!
EVERYDAY is an ADJECTIVE that means average, common, or something that's used, seen, or done 7 days of the week. You can put EVERYDAY in front of nouns like uniform, shoes, and life. Here are some sentences:
Meredith's everyday uniform consists of jeans and a sweater.
Jeremy's everyday shoes are looking worn out.
Reading, walking the dog, and making meals for my family are all part of my everyday life.
EVERY DAY split into two words is a NOUN referring to 7 days of the week and answering the question, "When?" Now I'll amend the previous sentences to substitute EVERY DAY for EVERYDAY.
Jeans and a sweater are Meredith's at-home uniform every day.
The shoes Jeremy wears to school every day are looking worn out.
I read, walk the dog, and make meals for my family every day.
I'll leave you with a challenge: can you think of words starting with "ANY" that work the same way?
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home as much as possible.
Laura Fineberg Cooper
A Spoonful of Grammar