“Each” / “Every”


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Welcome to your “Each” / “Every” lesson! In this topic we talk about:
• How do we use “Each” and “Every”?
Structures of “Each” and “Every”
Placing “Each”
“Everyone” and “Every one”
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How do we use “Each” and “Every”?

“Each” and “every” are similar in meaning. It is often possible to use either of them in the same context:

Every time I call you, you sound happy.”
Each time I call you, you sound happy.”

“There’s a bookshelf in every bedroom.”
“There’s a bookshelf in each bedroom.”

“Each” and “every” aren’t exactly the same, however:

We use “each” when we think of things separately, one by one.

“Study each question.”
(study the sentences one by one)

We use “every” when we think of all things as a group. “Every” is similar to “all”.

Every sentence must have a verb.”
(all sentences in general)

“Each” is more usual for a small number:

“There were three people at the table, each had a glass of water.” 

Each of his four children has blond hair.”

 “Every is more usual for a large number:

“I love reading, I have read every book in the library.”

“Mark has visited every country in Europe.”

“Each” (not “every”) can be used for two things:

“In a rugby match, each team has fifteen players.”

We use “every” (not “each”) to say how often something happens:

“How often do you go swimming?
Every Thursday.”

“There’s a train every twenty minutes.”

Structures of “Each” and “Every”

Compare these two structures:

Each Every

You can use “each” with a noun:

“each book”, “each room”

You can use “every” with a noun:

“each book”, “each room”

You can use “every” without a noun:

“None of the three books were good,
each was borings.”

Or you can use “each one”:

“Each one was boring.”

You can’t use “every” without a noun:

“Have you read all the books?”
“Yes, every one.”

You can say “each of the/these/them”:

“Read each of the questions carefully.”

Each of these phones is a different brand.”

Each of them are a different colour.”

 You can say “every one of” (but not every of)

“I’ve read every one of these books.”
“I’ve read every one of them.”

Placing “Each”

You can put “each” in the middle or at the end of a sentence:

“The children were each given €5.”

“These books cost €10 each.”

“Everyone” and “Every one”

“Everyone” is only used for people. It means the same as “Everybody”.

Everyone enjoyed my party.”

“Every one” is for things or people. It is similar to “each one”:

“I’ve been to lots of parties. I’ve enjoyed each one.”