What's the difference between everytime and every time? I'm a little confused about them, they both seem to have same meaning. Excluding their spelling, are there any other differences between them?

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    Every time is always two separate words: oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/… . Nonetheless people write it as a single word also : books.google.com/ngrams/…, maybe it will be an accepted term before long, (or is it already?). books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – user66974
    Jun 20 '15 at 7:14
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    Everytime is often used by native AmE speakers as a synonym for whenever. "Everytime I'm hungry, I eat some unbuttered popcorn." (books.google.com/…)
    – TRomano
    Jun 20 '15 at 12:28
  • Every time meaning "on every occasion" is different: "He gets me with that dribble glass every time." It is not usually part of a conditional clause.
    – TRomano
    Jun 20 '15 at 12:35
  • If after some research (e.g. look up "every time" in a dictionary), you are still confused, please edit your answer and explain "why"? Your post is on hold, which gives you the time to improve/clarify/explain your question. I think this question, in view of the comments, has a huge potential for improvement, and be considered "useful" and "interesting" by the community.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 22 '15 at 5:29
  • Is b/w an abbreviation for "between". I thought "b/w" was short for "black and white", like w/o is for "without".
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 22 '15 at 5:33

The difference is that "everytime" is not a word, and "every time" means all occurrences: "Every time I go to the beach, I get a sunburn."

You may be thinking of the difference between "everyday" and "every day." The former is an adjective that can mean either daily or ordinary and common, and the latter is an adverb meaning each day: "I don't have any fancy clothes. I wear everyday clothes every day."

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    Are we going to say that every time a word is spelled differently, it is no longer a word? Some dictionaries list everytime: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/everytime, thesaurus.com/browse/everytime.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 22 '15 at 5:23
  • --- No, just me.
    – deadrat
    Jun 22 '15 at 5:25
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    Then your answer is ambiguous, and you should clarify :)
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 22 '15 at 5:31
  • @deadrat, I think "everytime" has become an acceptable alternate spelling for "every time".
    – Pacerier
    Jan 26 '16 at 9:55
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    "everytime" shows up in my spell check as a word. I did not add it to the spell check.
    – ZeroPhase
    Nov 13 '19 at 13:02

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