Each, every and all

Each, Every and all


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Each, every and all refer to the whole set of something when they are put in front of a name:

EACH

Each is usually followed by a singular name: each element of the set is considered separately, one by one.

  • Each pupil has a task to prepare the school trip. 
  • He shook the hand of each candidate. 

⚠ Each can be used after a quantity or price:

  • We had five cookies each. They cost 3$ each. 

EVERY

Every is followed by a singular name indicates that each element is part of a set:

  • Every pupil is going on the trip. 
  • Every room has a TV. 

⚠ Every becomes everyone of + a name or additional personal pronoun.

  • Everyone of us is going to have fun. 

⚠ Every also expresses frequency:

  • every two days 
  • every day
  • every time
  • every five minutes 

The idea of recurrence is expressed with ‘every other‘:

  • I take a shower every other day. 
  • I visit him every other week-end.
  • He goes to Japan every other month. 
  • Every other cake is bad. 

Every allows you to compose many words:

  • Everyone
  • Everything
  • Everywhere 

ALL

All is followed by a singular or plural name with or without a determinant. It refers to a set of elements that constitute a whole:

  • All children like candies. 
  • All the soldiers must wear a uniform. 
  • All the boys were laughing. 

If you want to make a negative sentence with all, you have to add not before:

  • Not all our friends live in London.

All can express the duration:

  • It rained all day.
  • He speaks all the time.
  • I spent all night looking for you. 

⚠ In pronominal use, each and all are followed by of and a name or a complementary personal pronoun:

  • Each of them has to bring a packed lunch. 
  • We are leaving: all of us are excited. 

 

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