PSLE English

Should you use each or every?

Notes from the video ‘Diffusion| PSLE English Grammar|Each VS. Every‘ :

Each refers to an individual person or thing in a group.

On the other hand, every is usually used to refer to a group of objects.

 

Let’s compare these two sentences:

Each person takes turn to wash the plates.

Every person takes turn to wash the plates.

 

The first sentence focuses on the individual members of the group while the second sentence focuses on all the members of the group.

 

Another thing to note is that each usually refers to two or more people while every refers to three or more people. So, if there are only two objects, you should be using “each” and not “every”.

For example, it’s correct to say that “Jane wore earrings on each ear.” But it’s wrong to say that “Jane wore earrings on every ear.”

 

However, if there are more than two objects in question, each and every can be used interchangeably.

 

Also, we use adverbs with every but not with each.

For example, it’s correct to say, ‘Almost every house had a Christmas tree.’ and wrong to say, ‘Almost each house had a Christmas tree.’

 

Sometimes, people use each and every used alongside one another to emphasise a point.

For example, ‘I look forward to seeing each and every one of you’

 

 

Other related content:

Then VS. Than
Whom vs Who
Much vs Many
semi-colon
Em Dash

 

 

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