Different between EACH and EVERY

1. Each’ is used when there are two objects; here ‘every’ is not used. Ex. He wore multiple bracelets on each hand.

2. In case there are more than two objects, each and every may be used. Ex. There is a bathroom in each/every room.

3. Each’ can be used as a pronoun, but ‘every’ cannot. Ex. a) The students were waiting for the question sheets to be handed out. Each was in a state of great nervousness. b) The students were waiting for the question sheets to be handed out. Every student was in a state of great nervousness.

Clearly, ‘each’ replaces the noun ‘student’. ‘Every’ doesn’t; it requires to be followed by the noun.

4. With adverbs (practically, nearly, almost, etc), only ‘every’ in used and cannot be replaced by ‘each’: Ex. She knew practically every detail of her hubby daily routine.

5. Every’ is used to refer to repeated, regular events, Ex. We meet every day

By Vallen


eve·ry [évvree]

CORE MEANING: used to indicate each member of a group without exception

  • Every life has value.
    1. each excluding none: each member of a group, without exception

    • Every life is precious.
    2. to greatest extent: used to emphasize that there is all there could be of a particular quality

    • The committee has every intention of exploring this issue.
    3. recurring at particular interval: used to indicate each occurrence in recurrent or intermittent groups of things, or to indicate a ratio

    • We intend to meet every two weeks.
    • Take this medicine every three hours.

    [13th century. < Old English ǣfre ǣlc “ever each”]

    every now and then or every now and again occasionally
    every other each alternate thing, person, or occasion
each [eech]
adjective, pronoun, adverb
every one: used to refer to every member of a group of people or things, considered individually

  • With each victory we get closer to the championship.
  • Is a VCR that can be connected to more than one TV better than buying one for each?
  • Environmental health officers were supervising an average of 40 cases each.

[ Old English ǣlc < Germanic, “ever alike”] each or every? In some contexts these two words are nearly interchangeable, as in I examined each puppy in the litter and I examined every puppy in the litter. Here the only difference is a slight shift in perspective from considering the animals individually, with each, to considering them collectively, with every. Either of the words, placed before the noun, requires the noun and the verb to be singular: Each puppy is affectionate.Every puppy is affectionate. Each, though not every, may also be placed after a plural noun, and then the plural governs the verb: The puppies each have their own toys. Each can also refer to two or more, whereas every must refer to three or more. Each can be an adjective (each puppy), a pronoun (each of them), and an adverb (Give them a bowlful each), whereas every is an adjective only (every puppy). The expression each and every relates to a singular noun only, and therefore takes a singular verb only: Each and every passenger is required to present two photo IDs for identification. Avoid use of this expression in formal writing, because it is objected to by some people as unnecessarily wordy.


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