Each vs. Every

Hi everybody,
Topic this time:

What are the differences between “Each” and “Every”?

I am looking forward to hearing from you. Have a nice week!

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  1. According to Oxford dictionary:
    Each: used to refer to every one of two or more people or things, when you are thinking about them separately
    Every: refers to all the members of a group of things or people
    In my opinion, “each” refers to individual whereas “every” refers to a group or community. Each is included in community

  2. Hi My Ngan,
    Do you think that your idea:

    “Furthermore, i think “each” has an emphasized meaning. When we use “each” we want to focus on seperation than “every”!”

    is similar to

    “In my opinion, “each” refers to individual whereas “every” refers to a group
    or community”

    from gttm12a? Thank you very much for your idea.

  3. Please give me comments:

    1. Each with two or more; every with three or more

    Each and every are both normally used with singular nouns. Each can be used to talk about two or more people or things; every is normally used to talk about three or more.
    The business makes less money each/every year. (NOT….each/every years.)
    She had a child holding on to each hand. (NOT…every hand.)

    Note Every (which is normally used with singular nouns) can be used before plural expressions in measurements of frequency. For example: every two years, every tree steps.
    I go to Hong Kong every six weeks.

    2.difference of meaning

    In many cases, both each and every can be used without much difference of meaning.
    You look more beautiful each/every time I see you.
    But we prefer each when we are thinking of people or things separately, one at a time. And every is more common when are thinking of people or things together, in a group. (Every is closer to all.) Compare:
    Each person in turn went to see the doctor.
    He gave every patient the same medicine.

    We do not use each with words and expressions like almost, practically, nearly or without exception, which stress the idea of a whole group.
    She’s lost nearly every friend she had. (NOT…nearly each friend…)

    The correct answer is: every —–> all.

  4. Phuong wrote:
    “Hi anh Truc,
    I think we should talk about “rebuses” next time. Do you think it is a good idea?”

    Hi Phuong,
    Could you please give us the reasons why we should talk about “rebuses”? If we find it reasonable we can change our topics. Thank you very much for your suggestion. Have a good time!

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