英会話のコツ:Everyday vs. Every day

This is another pair of words that is confusing to use in the right way.  I will try to explain it to you simply.

 

The word Everyday is an adjective that describes things that are ordinary or commonplace. 

 

example: Suits are my everyday clothes. ( I ordinarily wear suits  )

                These are my everyday shoes. ( I ordinarily wear these shoes )

 

Everyday also answers the question "what kind?"

 

example:  Samantha - "What should I wear tomorrow?"

                  Ben - "Ah, just wear your everyday clothes."

 

A noun almost always follows Everyday except if the noun has other adjectives describing it.

 

example: Bentos are my everyday cheap lunches.

 

The phrase Every day indicates that something happens each day.  It also answers the question "when?"

 

example: I take the train to work every day

 

If you can change every day  to each day then every day is the right choice.

 

example: I take the train to work each day.

 

I hope that helped you understand how to use the two!

 

Mahalo!

 

Scott