The confusion between “each and every” is a common grammar issue because these words seem similar. Although both refer to singular subjects, we need to know their specific context.

Collectivized and Individualized 

  • The term each refers to an individual object or person. “Each” can also be used as a pronoun.
  • On the other hand, the word every refers to multiple people or items, but these are collectivized. “Every” cannot be used as a pronoun.

Collectivized (general information): Every doctor is kind

Individualized: Each doctor has a specialization.

Collectivized (general information): Every apple is rich in vitamins

Individualized: Each apple from that basket has a different taste and texture. 

Two Objects Involved

The word each is used when two objects are involved.

Correct: Jen wears bracelets on each wrist.

Incorrect: Jen wears bracelets on every wrist.

Correct: Olga’s boyfriend has tattoos on each leg. 

Incorrect: Olga’s boyfriend has tattoos on every leg.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this lesson as more context and grammar aspects will be shared.