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    each other, one another

    Are "each other" and "one another" interchangeable?

    They helped each other.

    They helped one another (?)

    Thanks.

    Z


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    Re: each other, one another

    Quote Originally Posted by Zague View Post
    Are "each other" and "one another" interchangeable?

    They helped each other.

    They helped one another (?)

    Thanks.

    Z
    Normally yes, but one another could be preferred in more general statements as in "People should respect one another" on the other hand in a sentence like "The couple sat at the table looking at each other", each other may work better, but in the latter example "one another" is also acceptable in modern English. :)

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    #3

    Re: each other, one another

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi Zague,

    There are a few words concerning the matter in question:

    It is often maintained that each other should be used to denote a reciprocal relation between two entities, with one another reserved for more than two: thus The twins dislike each other but The triplets dislike one another.But it should be pointed out that many reputable writers from Samuel Johnson onward have ignored the rule and that the use of each other for more than two, or of one another for two, cannot be considered incorrect. In particular, there are contexts in which each other and one another are subtly different in meaning. When speaking of an ordered series of events or stages, one another is the preferred form. Thus the sentence The waiters followed one another into the room was preferred by 73 percent of the Usage Panel to the sentence The waiters followed each other into the room.Each other should not be used as the subject of a clause in writing. Instead of We always know what each other is thinking, one should write Each of us knows what the other is thinking.

    Regards,

    V.

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