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    Arrow "each vertebrae"!

    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hi there, I'd like to ask about "each" as an adjective, is there a possibility that the noun comes directly after "each" be plural? What makes me asking this is the following statement I just read:
    '...the cervical spine has special openings in each vertebrae for the arteries that carry blood to the brain.". Thanks ahead.


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    Re: "each vertebrae"!

    We tend to use each if we are thinking about members of a group individually, and every if we are thinking of them in total. In your example it's singular not plural.

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    Exclamation Re: "each vertebrae"!

    So, my example is wrong.


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    Re: "each vertebrae"!

    Indeed, it should be "vertebra" with each.

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