In this English Grammar lesson, you will learn the usage of each and every. They are expressions in the singular and are always followed by a singular verb.
We use “each” in front of the singular form of a count noun to emphasize individuality. “Each” indicates two or more people or things (more usual for a small number).
- Study each sentence carefully. (individual)
- Each player played well. (Individual’s performance)
- Each of the children received gifts.
- He met each of the team members personally.
- There are two boys. Each is smiling
- In a football match, each team has 11 players.
- He carried a bag in each hand. (always use each for two things)
Every is used when referring to all the members of a group of three or more (it is more usual for a large number).
- I have read every book in the library. (as there are a lot of books in the library)
- Every house in the town is painted white. (there are many houses in the town)
- She plays tennis every Sunday. (how often something happens)
- I wash my car every month. (frequency)
- The manager wants to speak to every employee in the office.