Which one is correct?

I woke up at 3 everyday

I wake up at 3 everyday

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    What is the context? What do you want to communicate? Both sentences are possible, so without further information we cannot answer. Please edit the question.
    – user22427
    Aug 17, 2018 at 9:52

2 Answers 2


Which one is correct depends on whether you mean it's your routine now, or your routine in the past. For example:

I woke up at 3 every day last year.

I have an early job, so I wake up at 3 every day.

(And as a side note, "every day" is correct here, not "everyday". "Everyday" is an adjective meaning "common, not special". For example, "I went to the store to buy some everyday goods like soap and shampoo.")

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    I wake up at 3 every day – that's no everyday wake-up time!
    – J.R.
    Aug 17, 2018 at 10:22
  • Tell that to my kids
    – david_c
    Aug 17, 2018 at 11:08

'Wake up' implies that it is happening around the current time and is an ongoing action. 'Woke up' is the past tense implying that it is over.

For example:

Normally I wake up at 6, but yesterday I woke up at 2 and I just couldn't sleep.

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    Just as one note, "woke up" could be an action that was ongoing in the past, but is not now. Given the OP stated "every day", either option could be correct, depending on the time reference.
    – Drazex
    Aug 17, 2018 at 10:15

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