Unit 2.2

Each vs Every

Determiners

Determiners are modifiers of nouns. They can provide a wide range of information.

The most commonly determiners are: each and every.

Determiner words are put before a noun to show what the noun refers to.

The structures of each and every are:

  1. Each + singular nouns
  2. Each of + plural pronouns/determiner + plural noun
  3. Every + singular nouns
  • Each appears when it is a pronoun or when there are two objects;
  • Every appears with adverbs and with repetitive events.
    {See All vs Every vs Each, Level B}

NOTE: Both each and every can combine with one to form two Indefinite Pronouns: each one and everyone.
{See Indefinite Pronouns Level B1}

  1. Every worker has to carry out a job and each worker has to be professional.
  2. Each of us thinks that borrowing a loan is not a good idea.
  3. Every manager’s first task is to coordinate a team.

We use each and every to indicate quantity:

  • We use each to refer to two or more people or things; we use it to talk about things considered one by one;
  • We use every to refer to three or more people or things; we use it to talk about things considered as a group.

We use the determiners each and every to indicate quantity:

  • We use each to refer to two or more people or things; we use it to talk about things considered one by one;
  • We use every to refer to three or more people or things; we use it to talk about things considered as a group.

The structure is:
Each + singular nouns
Each of + plural pronouns/determiner + plural noun
Every + singula nouns

For example:
— Every worker has to carry out a job and each worker has to be professional.” = We use every and each with singular nouns (worker)
— Each of us thinks that borrowing a loan is not a good idea.” = We use each of with plural pronouns (us).

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