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Except for the preposition difference, ‘day-by-day’, ‘day after day’ and ‘day-to-day’ look similar. But when it comes to their meaning, there is one important difference. Read on to learn more.




1. Day after day


Meaning: a regular continuous and monotonous sequence of days


For example:

I hate doing the same housework day after day.


2. Day by day


Meaning: a regular progression from one day to the next


For example:

My English has been improved day by day.


3. Day to day


Meaning: happening regularly every day


For example:

At Scots, my teacher checks student homework day to day.