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    each other x one another

    Could you tell me if there's a difference betweeen 'one another' and 'each other'. According to Swan, they mean the same and therefore they are interchangeable. However, my teacher says that we use 'each other' when we are speaking about two people only and 'one another' when talking about more than two. Thanks in advance

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    Re: each other x one another

    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    However, my teacher says that we use 'each other' when we are speaking about two people only and 'one another' when talking about more than two.
    This is a common belief. Few people follow it, in my opinion.

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    Re: each other x one another

    Thank you. What do you mean by common belief - if it is common, why would only few people follow it? Should we comply with the supposed rule or use it as we want - interchangeably.?

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    Re: each other x one another

    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    Thank you. What do you mean by common belief - if it is common, why would only few people follow it? Should we comply with the supposed rule or use it as we want - interchangeably.?
    I'd go with Swan on this one.

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    Re: each other x one another

    So would I, but it always causes confusion when your teacher tries to convince you about the opposite.

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    Re: each other x one another

    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    Thank you. What do you mean by common belief - if it is common, why would only few people follow it? Should we comply with the supposed rule or use it as we want - interchangeably.?
    The distinction has been lost to most people. I'd follow Swan here too. My mother follows the old rule, but she's the only person I can think of who does.

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    Re: each other x one another

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    . My mother follows the old rule, but she's the only person I can think of who does.
    I do () but I don't impose it on my students.

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