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.