Unit 8.1

All vs Every vs Each


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Introduction

All, every and each are words used to make generalizations.

Form

All, every and each are determiners usually positioned before nouns.

We find:

  • all before singular or plural countable or uncountable nouns. The following verb agrees with the noun;
  • every and each before singular nouns. The following verb is also singular.

Example

  • All children get vaccinated.
  • All the milk is finished.
  • Every person needs medical insurance.
  • Every surgeon here is successful.
  • Each girl must register their name.
  • Each of us has a dream. 

Use

All, every and each are used to make generalisations about a group of people or things.

We use:

  1. all when we want to refer to a complete group;
  2. every and each when we want to refer to singular pieces/members of a group.

NOTE: Each is more specific than every. We use each to consider a person individually in a group.

Summary

All and every are used to talk generally about a group of people or things.

We use:

  • all before singular or plural countable or uncountable nouns. The following verb agrees with the noun;
  • every and each before singular nouns. The following verb is also singular.

For example:
All students are silent during the exam.” = Students is a plural noun and when it is used with all it refers to a complete group.
Every student is silent during the exam.” = Student is a singular noun and when it is used with every it refers to individuals.
Each student is silent during the exam.” = Student is a singular noun and when it is used with each it refers to students taken individually.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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