Quantifiers: each | every

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Overview

We use each and every + singular noun to talk about all people or things. There is no real difference in a lot of cases but sometimes we can just use one.

When to use every:

  • to refer to a group in general (meaning ‘all of them’) Every employee got a pay rise. (= all the employees)

When to use each:

  • To refer to individual things or people within a group: I gave one piece of cake to each person.

  • When there are only two things or people: I fell off my bike this morning. Now I have a scratch on each hand (= on both hands).

  • With of + the/possessive + plural noun: He invited each of his friends to the party.

  • It can be used on its own: Do you want cake or ice-cream? - I’ll have a bit of each.