Every or each? My students would like to know what is the difference between every and each. So I am very happy to write a post on this aspect of English Grammar.
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Both each and every are determiners, words which come with singular nouns to indicate quantity.
Each and every are very similar in meaning and often it is possible to use both:
✅ This hotel is ideal, each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom.
✅ This hotel is ideal, every bedroom has an ensuite bathroom.
Difference between Every and Each
We use EVERY in English:
- When we refer to the group as a whole as EVERY is closer in meaning to ALL
Every route has a real-time departure information.
- After a possessive
She listened to his every word.
- With some abstract nouns to draw attention that something is correct or necessary
Your sister had every right to say this.
I have every reason to give up that job.
- With plural nouns in phrases of frequency
I go to the gym every two days.
- With adverbs almost, nearly, just about, practically
You are late almost every day!
When to Use Each and Every in English
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We use EACH in English:
- As a pronoun with of + noun
Each of them has been told to wait.
- As a pronoun on its own
Five athletes took part in this competition, and each was determined to win. (each one or each of them is more common though)
- After nouns or pronouns for emphasis
They each brought a friend with them.
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Use of EVERY and EACH – examples
I wish each and every one of you the best of luck with upcoming IELTS exams.
Each and every building in this town was rebuilt after the war.
Each and every team member received an award.
Each and every time we go to that restaurant, the service is slow.
You need to make the most out of each and every opportunity.
For those students who prefer learning English on YouTube here is my short video lesson explaining the difference between EVERY and EACH:
Difference between EVERY and EACH
How to use each and every correctly - video lesson
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