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Each vs. Every: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on November 23, 2023
"Each" refers to individual items in a group, emphasizing singularity, while "Every" refers to all members of a group collectively.

Key Differences

"Each" and "Every" both relate to the members of a group, but they place emphasis differently. "Each" looks at the members of a group as individual units, whereas "Every" views them as a collective.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 23, 2023
When we use "Each," we're often considering items or people one by one. This term stresses individuality and distinction. "Every," in contrast, groups items or people together, suggesting totality or universality without focusing on individual characteristics.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 23, 2023
Another distinction lies in their grammatical application. "Each" can be used as a pronoun and an adjective, while "Every" is primarily used as an adjective. This means you can say "Each of the books" or "Each is unique," but only "Every book" and not "Every is unique."
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 23, 2023
In some contexts, "Each" and "Every" might seem interchangeable, but their nuanced difference can alter the meaning or emphasis of a sentence. For example, "Each student won a prize" implies all students won different prizes, while "Every student won a prize" suggests all won the same or a similar prize.
Sara Rehman
Nov 23, 2023
Furthermore, "Every" often denotes regularity or frequency, which "Each" doesn't necessarily convey. For instance, "Every morning, she jogs" denotes a regular action, whereas "Each morning" can be seen in specific contexts, not necessarily implying daily repetition.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 23, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Basic Emphasis

Individual items/people
All members of a group
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Grammatical Role

Can be a pronoun and an adjective
Primarily an adjective
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Typical Context

Often used when mentioning items/people one by one
Often used when referring to regular occurrences
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Example Implication

"Each child has a toy" (may have different toys)
"Every child has a toy" (all have the same/similar toy)
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Frequency Connotation

Doesn't necessarily imply regularity
Often denotes regularity
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Each and Every Definitions

Each

Used for emphasizing individuality.
Each design is unique in its way.
Harlon Moss
Oct 20, 2023

Every

Used to emphasize the typical or average nature of something.
Every bit helps.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 20, 2023

Each

Denoting one of two in a pair.
She wore a ribbon on each ankle.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 20, 2023

Every

Indicating repetition at regular intervals.
We meet every Saturday.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 20, 2023

Each

Every single one without exception.
They each have their own strengths.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 20, 2023

Every

All possible or available.
They utilized every resource.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 20, 2023

Each

Referring to every single member of a group individually.
Each student received a different book.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 20, 2023

Every

Indicating the highest degree or extent.
Every effort was made to succeed.
Janet White
Oct 20, 2023

Each

Indicating division or distribution.
The prize was split between each participant.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 20, 2023

Every

Constituting each and all members of a group without exception.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 13, 2023

Each

Being one of two or more considered individually; every
Each person cast a vote. My technique improved with each lesson.
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Oct 13, 2023

Every

Being all possible
Had every chance of winning, but lost.
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Oct 13, 2023

Each

For or to each one; apiece
Ten cents each.
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Oct 13, 2023

Every

Being each of a specified succession of objects or intervals
Every third seat.
Every two hours.
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Oct 13, 2023

Each

All; every; qualifying a singular noun, indicating all examples of the thing so named seen as individual or separate items (compare every).
Make sure you wash each bowl well.
The sun comes up each morning and sets each night.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 13, 2023

Every

Being the highest degree or expression of
Showed us every attention.
Had every hope of succeeding.
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Oct 13, 2023

Each

For one; apiece; per.
The apples cost 50 cents each.
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Oct 13, 2023

Every

Of a countable group (considered individually), without exception.
Every person in the room stood and cheered.
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Oct 13, 2023

Each

Every one/thing individually or one by one.
I'm going to give each of you a chance to win.
From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.
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Oct 13, 2023

Every

Denotes equal spacing at a stated interval, or a proportion corresponding to such a spacing.
We stopped for refreshments every ten miles.
The alarm is going off every few minutes.
Every third bead was red, and the rest were blue. The sequence was thus red, blue, blue, red, blue, blue etc.
Decimation originally meant the execution of every tenth soldier in a unit; that is, ten per cent of soldiers were killed.
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Oct 13, 2023

Each

An individual item: the least quantitative unit in a grouping.
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Oct 13, 2023

Every

(with certain nouns) Denotes an abundance of something.
We wish you every happiness in the future.
I have every confidence in him.
There is every reason why we should not go.
The police will make every effort to trace the missing girl.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 13, 2023

Each

Every one of the two or more individuals composing a number of objects, considered separately from the rest. It is used either with or without a following noun; as, each of you or each one of you.
It is a bad thing that men should hate each other; but it is far worse that they should contract the habit of cutting one another's throats without hatred.
Let eachHis adamantine coat gird well.
In each cheek appears a pretty dimple.
Then draw we nearer day by day,Each to his brethren, all to God.
The oak and the elm have each a distinct character.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 13, 2023

Every

All the parts which compose a whole collection or aggregate number, considered in their individuality, all taken separately one by one, out of an indefinite number.
Every man at his best state is altogether vanity.
Every door and window was adorned with wreaths of flowers.
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Oct 13, 2023

Each

Every; - sometimes used interchangeably with every.
I know each lane and every alley green.
In short each man's happiness depends upon himself.
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Oct 13, 2023

Every

Every one. Cf. Each.
Daily occasions given to every of us.
In each division there were four pentecosties, in every pentecosty four enomoties, and of each enomoty there fought in the front rank four [soldiers].
If society is to be kept together and the children of Adam to be saved from setting up each for himself with every one else his foe.
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Oct 13, 2023

Each

(used of count nouns) every one considered individually;
Each person is mortal
Each party is welcome
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Oct 13, 2023

Every

Each and all of a series of entities or intervals as specified;
Every third seat
Every two hours
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Oct 13, 2023

Each

To or from every one of two or more (considered individually);
They received $10 each
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Oct 13, 2023

Every

(used of count nouns) each and all of the members of a group considered singly and without exception;
Every person is mortal
Every party is welcome
Had every hope of success
Every chance of winning
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 13, 2023

Every

Referring to all members of a group collectively.
Every child knows that story.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 20, 2023

FAQs

Which word suggests all members without exception?

Both "Each" and "Every" can suggest that.
Harlon Moss
Nov 23, 2023

Does "Each" always suggest different items?

Not always, but it can emphasize individuality.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 23, 2023

Is "Each" more singular or plural?

"Each" emphasizes singularity within a group.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 23, 2023

Does "Every" work as a pronoun?

No, "Every" is primarily an adjective.
Janet White
Nov 23, 2023

How do I use "Each" in a sentence?

"Each" can follow a noun or stand alone. E.g., "Each student" or "Each of them."
Harlon Moss
Nov 23, 2023

Can "Every" emphasize individuality?

Less so than "Each." "Every" is more collective.
Harlon Moss
Nov 23, 2023

Can "Each" be used as a pronoun?

Yes, as in "Each was given a chance."
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 23, 2023

Is "Every" used to denote regularity?

Yes, like in "Every day I exercise."
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Nov 23, 2023

Is "Each" used for distribution?

Yes, as in "five dollars each."
Harlon Moss
Nov 23, 2023

Can I say "Each and Every" together?

Yes, it's an expression emphasizing totality, like "Each and every one of you."
Harlon Moss
Nov 23, 2023

Can I use "Every" for two items?

No, "Every" is used for groups of three or more. For two items, use "Both" or "Each."
Harlon Moss
Nov 23, 2023

How does "Each" work in terms of division?

"Each" can indicate division among a group, like "one book each."
Janet White
Nov 23, 2023

Is "Every" always about regular occurrences?

Not always, but it can suggest regularity.
Janet White
Nov 23, 2023

Can I interchange "Each" and "Every" freely?

Not always. While similar, they have distinct nuances and grammatical roles.
Janet White
Nov 23, 2023

Does "Every" work with specific numbers?

No, for specific numbers, "Each" is more suitable.
Janet White
Nov 23, 2023

Which word is more universal?

"Every" has a more universal, collective feel.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 23, 2023

How do I use "Every" in terms of frequency?

Pair it with time, like "Every week" or "Every winter."
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 23, 2023

What's the primary difference in emphasis?

"Each" stresses individuality; "Every" views a group collectively.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 23, 2023

Is "Every" suitable for pairs?

No, for pairs, "Each" is more appropriate.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 23, 2023

Can "Each" denote all members of a group?

Yes, as in "Each of the students passed."
Harlon Moss
Nov 23, 2023
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