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    Cool Gillles L

    Dear Teacher,

    Can you please help me differentiate "every" from "each".
    What are the rules that govern these two words ?

    for example which sentence is correct ?
    1) each day I go to work
    2) every day I go to work

    Moreover, where can I find information on your site that will give me additional clarification on the foregoing ?

    Many thanks.

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    Lightbulb Re: Gillles L

    Each and every have similar but not always identical meanings.
    Each = every one separately
    Every = each, all
    Sometimes, each and every have the same meaning:
    • Prices go up each year.
    • Prices go up every year.
    But often they are not exactly the same.
    Each expresses the idea of 'one by one'. It emphasizes individuality.
    Every is half-way between each and all. It sees things or people as singular, but in a group or in general.
    Consider the following:
    • Every artist is sensitive.
    • Each artist sees things differently.
    • Every soldier saluted as the President arrived.
    • The President gave each soldier a medal.
    Each can be used in front of the verb:
    • The soldiers each received a medal.
    Each can be followed by 'of':
    • The President spoke to each of the soldiers.
    • He gave a medal to each of them.
    Every cannot be used for 2 things. For 2 things, each can be used:
    • He was carrying a suitcase in each hand.
    Every is used to say how often something happens:
    • There is a plane to São Paulo every day.
    • The bus leaves every hour.


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