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Distributives – each – every

Introduction


1) Distributive determiners or simply distributives refer to a group of people or things, and to individual members of the group. They show different ways of looking at the individuals within a group, and they express how something is distributed, shared, or divided.

Each person is unique.
Every person is unique.


2) The distributives each and every are both related to describing the members of a group. These distributives can only be used with countable nouns by being placed before the nouns. In many cases, they are interchangeable but there is a subtle difference between them.

Each is used to describe and highlight an individual member of a group, or multiple individuals. By using each you recognise the item is a part of a group, but that it also needs to be pointed out as a singular item too.

Each book on the shelf had a unique cover.

Each can be used with plural nouns and pronouns but must be followed by of.

Each of the pupils received a Christmas card.

Each can be used after the subject or at the end of a sentence.

My siblings each have their own room.
My mother gave my sister and I $20 each. (=gave $20 to each of us.)

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