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My memory of it is already a bit hazy, but I recall being taught in elementary that "everytime" was correct and from what I remember, it was even favored. However, I always get spellchecked when I write it on text boxes on sites such as this one. I'm wondering if I was taught the wrong thing or if I just imagined that lesson, but I could swear that I've been writing "everytime" my whole life without ever getting corrected by anyone.

Anyone have any ideas about this?

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Everytime or Every Time

If I recall correctly, the required frequency to coin a new word is 5 instances in 5 separate sources within 3 months of each other.

So, if you really want to make "everytime" happen, then just keep using it until it catches on. This isn't a dead language, so nothing's set in stone.

Personally, though, I don't ever remember reading "everytime" as one word; it was always "every time".

I had read somewhere that "almighty" is all right but "alright" is not all right. Still, my spellchecker right now deems alright all right.

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I'm also having a problem when deciding whether to write "everytime" as "every time" or "everytime" whenever I'm writing, I tend to just write "everytime" but then I'll get a spell check telling me it was wrong. So I'm trying to keep writing this word as "every time" because I hate to see the red line showing up every time.

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Oh I always thought everytime was correct too! And as I'm typing this, I can see the red squiggly line telling me it isn't! How strange. I guess I'll have to get used to using every time from now on.

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I'm also confused regarding the correct spelling of the word, but I guess "every time" is the correct word, but I see most songs use the word "everytime", so I initially thought that it was the right one, although like what the other members have said, the spell checker says otherwise.

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I use 'everytime' instead of 'every time' when I type or write. 'Everytime' feels more natural to me, so I'm always a bit annoyed when spellchecker correct it  :bored:

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Thank you for posting this question. I have been asking myself for a long time which way is the correct way. Most of the information that I have found on the internet left me a little confused. I am still not quite sure, I guess both ways are acceptable, and it's only a minor issue.

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Everytime or every time

As an English teacher, I would say (fairly certainly) that "everytime" is incorrect. It's not a word, and not an acceptable variation of "every time." Best to use "every time."

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On 28.7.2014 at 11:43 PM, PashaR said:

As an English teacher, I would say (fairly certainly) that "everytime" is incorrect. It's not a word, and not an acceptable variation of "every time." Best to use "every time."

I guess that is true. However, as my native language is German, I tend to put nouns together as we always do that in German :=) ---->lots of noun compounds in German :=)

 

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