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    "each day" "every day"

    I have another question for you. I hope you will help me.
    It's about usage of "each day" and "every day", as well as other words which show how often something happens.
    My understanding of this issue is:
    "When I had a flu I used to take medicine each day". - I used "each" because I wanted to emphasise that I took medicine each day but not for a long time, perhaps for five days. "Every" will be O.K. here as well, I think.
    "I take medicine every six months." - This implies that I take medicine for a long period of time, perhaps during all my life. "Each" will be awkward here in my opinion.
    So, my suggestion is true or not? Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by Little man; 13-Jan-2017 at 10:51. Reason: All the text was written without spaces and somewhere without capitalization.

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    Re: "each day" "every day"

    Please edit your post and insert a space after every full stop.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: "each day" "every day"

    I would use each with your flu example. With the longer term consumption, I think either would do, though I would be much more likely to use every day.

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    Re: "each day" "every day"

    I strongly disagree that "every six months" means anything like constantly or on a long term basis. To me it means you take it twice a year.

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    #5

    Re: "each day" "every day"

    Quote Originally Posted by Little man View Post
    "When I had a flu I used to take medicine each day."
    I would have written, "When I had the flu I took medicine every day."

    Having the flu is somewhat of a finite period of time. It has a start and end so I would match that with a solid past tense with "took".

    "I used to..." is usually reserved for periods of time in the past that have an unclear start and end like, "When I was young I used to eat cookies." or "When I was a teenager I used to work on a farm."

    As well the use of "each" here sounds wrong, but I don't know why. "Each day, when I had the flu, I took medicine." sounds right to me though. :)
    Last edited by BobGerr; 14-Jan-2017 at 13:17.

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    Re: "each day" "every day"

    In BrE, it's fine to say "When I had flu". We don't always use the definite article. However, it's never correct to say "When I had a flu".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: "each day" "every day"

    Interesting, I feel it must mean something like a long-term basis, if it's a true assertion. Every six months for a period of two days would only compute as a joke. "Every six months for the last ten years" sounds plausible though. Myself, I smoke cigars about every six months, when on holiday in the Caribbean. I have been doing this (and avoiding tobacco use at home) for many years. I agree with you that the concept of constantly doesn't work however.

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I strongly disagree that "every six months" means anything like constantly or on a long term basis. To me it means you take it twice a year.

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