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    Are these correct? What do these mean?
    1. I get paid overtime for every single paycheck.
    2. I get paid overtime for every single paychecks.

    3. Every single paycheck is overtime.
    4. Every single paychecks are overtime.

    5. I get paid for overtime.
    6. I get paid overtime.

    7. Which car is okay? (Does 'which' mean one?)
    8. Which cars are okay?

    9. Every car is okay. (Does 'every' mean one?)
    10. Every cars are okay.

    11. Every person has a car.
    12. Every people have a car. (If this is correct, why? I did a google search for 'every people' and it came out with immense results.)

    If #12 is correct, why isn't this correct?
    13. Every boys have a car.

    14. Every few days, he goes there.
    15. Every days, he goes there.

    Are these correct?
    16. Every person has many cars.
    17. Every person has cars.

    Sorry for the tiresome list.
    Last edited by jack; 14-Nov-2004 at 07:39.

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    1. I get paid overtime for every single paycheck.
    2. I get paid overtime for every single paychecks. (incorrect)

    3. Every single paycheck is overtime.
    4. Every single paychecks are overtime.(incorrect)

    5. I get paid for overtime.
    6. I get paid overtime. Both are fine- it depends whether you are thinking about the work (5) or the money (6)

    7. Which car is okay? (Does 'which' mean one?)
    8. Which cars are okay? Both are fine- which can be plural

    9. Every car is okay. (Does 'every' mean one?)
    10. Every cars are okay. (incorrect)

    11. Every person has a car.
    12. Every people have a car. (If this is correct, why? I did a google search for 'every people' and it came out with immense results.) There's a lot of bad English on the net

    If #12 is correct, why isn't this correct?
    13. Every boys have a car. incorrect

    14. Every few days, he goes there.
    15. Every days, he goes there. (few makes it plural in 14- 15 is wrong)

    Are these correct?
    16. Every person has many cars.
    17. Every person has cars. Both OK, though I'd say everybody

    Sorry for the tiresome list. You're welcome.

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    [QUOTE=tdol]1. I get paid overtime for every single paycheck.
    2. I get paid overtime for every single paychecks. (incorrect)

    I have a question.

    Can we just say "I get paid overtime every paycheck"?

    If we say I get paid overtime for every paycheck, then it means you get paid extra (o/t) for simply getting a paycheck. You get paid overtime, though, for working extra hours.
    Also, wondering about single. Is there any other paychecks?

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    Thanks.

    Also, what do these mean?

    1. Is there any other paychecks?
    2. Are there any other paychecks?
    'Every' means 'each' right? So 'Every _____(singualar)' right? Eg. Every paycheck. So 'Every paychecks' is wrong right?
    Last edited by jack; 15-Nov-2004 at 08:48.

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    1. Is there any other paychecks? this should be 'paycheck'
    2. Are there any other paychecks? correct

    'Every' means 'each' right? So 'Every _____(singualar)' right? Eg. Every paycheck. So 'Every paychecks' is wrong right? Right

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    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol

    1. Is there any other paychecks? this should be 'paycheck'
    2. Are there any other paychecks? correct

    'Every' means 'each' right? So 'Every _____(singualar)' right? Eg. Every paycheck. So 'Every paychecks' is wrong right? Right
    Thanks, Tdol!

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    'Every' means 'each' right? So 'Every _____(singualar)' right? Eg. Every paycheck. So 'Every paychecks' is wrong right? Right
    What about these? What do they mean?
    1. I have every ten paycheck from last year.
    2. I have every ten paychecks from last year.

    3. Every ten car is good.
    4. Every ten cars are good.

    5. We do this every ten minute.
    6. We do this every ten minutes.

    Is this incorrect?
    7. I have every a ten paycheck from last year.

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    1. is incorrect. 'ten' is modifying a singular noun.
    2. is OK if 'ten paychecks' is interpreted as a unit, e.g., a bundle of ten.

    I have every (bundle of) ten paychecks for the last year.

    If 'bundle of' is omitted, then the sentence will be interpreted as either awkward ungrammatical.

    3. is incorrect for the same reason as 1.
    4. is incorrect. The verb should be singular.

    Note, if 'ten cars' is interpreted as a unit, then 'Every ten cars' is OK, but since the subject is a singular unit, then the verb should be singular as well:

    Every row of 10 cars is good. (Subject: row; Verb: is)

    5. is incorrect for the same reason as 1. 'ten' modifies a singular noun.
    6. is correct for the same reason as 2. 'ten minutes' is a unit of time.

    7. is incorrect. 'every' is specific, whereas 'a' is non-specific. Pick one or the other, not both.

    a paycheck (det + noun)
    every paycheck (adj + noun)

    a paycheck pack (det + adj + noun)
    every paycheck pack (adj + adj + noun)

    a ten-paycheck pack (det + adj + noun)
    every ten-paycheck pack (adj + adj + noun)

    'every' modifies the noun 'pack'

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    Thanks.
    Every row of 10 cars is good. (Subject: row; Verb: is)
    What do these eman?
    1. Every ten rows of 10 cars are good.
    2. Every row of 10 cars is good.

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