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    _____ child is happy, because each of them has got his own share.
    A. Every B.Each

    Are both answers correct? In this case, is both ok for a western speaker?

    Jason

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    Default Re: each or every

    NOT A TEACHER

    You may find this information useful, taken from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.

    It is often correct to use either each or every , but they have slightly different meanings.

    Use each when you are thinking about the people or things in a group separately, one by one :
    Each student came forward to receive a medal.
    Each time you exercise, you get a little stronger.
    Use every when you are thinking about the whole group of people or things together, with no exceptions :
    Every student was given a prize.
    You have to enter your password every time you log on.
    Do not use each after words such as 'almost', 'nearly', or 'not'. Use every :
    Almost every window was broken.
    Not every child enjoyed the party.

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    Default Re: each or every

    "Every child" will sound much more natural in that sentence, but I cannot tell you that "Each child" is wrong.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: each or every

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    _____ child is happy, because each of them has got his own share.
    A. Every B.Each

    Are both answers correct? In this case, is are both ok for a western speaker?

    Jason
    I would use "Every" in that context, because it contrasts the group as whole having the same characteristic with each individual's possession (share).

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    Default Re: each or every

    Every /Each child is happy. In this example every and each are both acceptable or correct.

    Each child is happy, because each of them has got his own share. In this example, I think each is more appropriate than every because of the existence of each of them in the second clause, it means that the speaker implies only two children.
    Last edited by Mohammadhelmi; 21-Aug-2012 at 21:28.

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    Default Re: each or every

    I would say "Every child is happy", even if "each" is also correct, in order to avoid repetition with "each of them".

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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: each or every

    Because the second part of the sentence has each, and so we use each but not every when we talk about only two.

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    Default Re: each or every

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammadhelmi View Post
    Because the second part of the sentence has each, and so we use each but not every when we talk about only two.
    Rubbish.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: each or every

    Concise Oxford English Dictionary 2008 Oxford University Press:
    each
    determiner & pronoun

    every one of two or more people or things, regarded and identified separately.
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