Is (a) a reduced form of (b)?

a. It's not every day he visits Laura.

b. It's not the case that every day he visits Laura.

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    Not necessarily. The sense is 'not every day, only some days' - but, as SegNerd says, it's an idiom. May 22, 2022 at 7:19
  • What is the meaning of b?
    – Apollyon
    May 23, 2022 at 2:04
  • Example (b) is an unlikely sentence, but it could conceivably be used if someone had made a statement which took it for granted that 'he' visited Laura every day, and another person objected "Well, actually that isn't the case". May 23, 2022 at 7:57

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“It’s not every day” is an idiom that means “It’s unusual.” If something happened every day, it would be a usual or normal thing to happen. So if something unusual happens, you can say “It’s not every day that (something happens).”

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