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    Each + plural

    Hi, everyone.

    I've just been to a rehearsal session for conference talks. There was one small issue I was remarking about, but was told to be wrong... but as there were no native English speakers in that session, I'm still not sure. (I really don't care about that conference talk too much, but I do want to know if I was wrong, in order to improve my English.)

    The part in question was like this: "Calibration of each north/south and east/west channels."

    I was feeling that the plural after "each" didn't fit.

    Is it okay (especially when being formal, like in a conference contribution) to have "each" followed by the plural?

    I'm rather sure that "each of the" would give a correct sentence. But maybe it is okay like this as well?

    "Calibration of each channel, north/south and east/west" should do, I guess. For a minimal change, I would even prefer to keep the sentence as it is, but exchange "channels" for "channel".

    Thanks anyone for their help!

    PS: ...and please tell me about mistakes in this text, if any...

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    Re: Each + plural

    Well, the issue is: are there several north/south flowing channels?

    And you want to calibrate each one?

    If so, then:

    "Calibration of each north/south and east/west channels

    Otherwise, if there is just one channel, each flowing n/s and e/w, it would be

    "Calibration of each of the north/south and east/west channels.
    (meaning: calibration of each of the two channels)

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    Re: Each + plural

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    Well, the issue is: are there several north/south flowing channels?

    And you want to calibrate each one?

    If so, then:

    "Calibration of each north/south and east/west channels I don't agree. "each" is singular, so you can't say "each....channels", as worded above. (and of course, it doesn't sound right either)
    You can say 'calibration of each (one) of the north/south and east/west channels

    Otherwise, if there is just one channel, each flowing n/s and e/w, it would be
    I wouldn't use each here. I would say 'Calibration of both the n/s and e/w channels

    (meaning: calibration of each of the two channels)
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    Re: Each + plural

    Quote Originally Posted by svenor View Post
    Hi, everyone.


    The part in question was like this: "Calibration of each north/south and east/west channels."

    I was feeling that the plural after "each" didn't fit. I agree

    Is it okay (especially when being formal, like in a conference contribution) to have "each" followed by the plural? not with that exact wording

    I'm rather sure that "each of the" would give a correct sentence. yes But maybe it is okay like this as well?

    "Calibration of each channel, north/south and east/west" should do, it would, but I would say "both channels,..." I guess. For a minimal change, I would even prefer to keep the sentence as it is, but exchange "channels" for "channel". that would work too and is the simplest change to make

    Thanks anyone for their help!

    PS: ...and please tell me about mistakes in this text, if any...
    2006

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