every

every
every
1. differences between each and every.
Both words denote all the people or things in a group, and both normally govern a singular verb (for some exceptions see each). But each is a pronoun (as in I'll take three of each) as well as an adjective (or determiner), whereas every is only an adjective (or determiner); you cannot say ☒ I'll take three of every, although you can say I'll take three of every kind. Each can refer to two or more items, whereas every can only refer to three or more. The meaning is also slightly different in that each regards the people or things concerned separately, whereas every regards them collectively.
2. typical uses of every.
Every is used (1) with singular countable nouns to denote three or more (It would be quite impossible to prosecute every motorist / The new version is better in every way / The company has a training day for every new employee / They have every right to be here), (2) with some abstract uncountable nouns referring to a feeling or attitude (We have every sympathy for their case / I have every confidence in you), (3) with nouns of time to form adverbial phrases denoting frequency (She comes every day / We get an extra day off every three weeks / We see them in town every now and then), (4) with numbers to denote distribution (They investigate one case in every ten / The police were stopping every third car). When a possessive pronoun precedes a noun, every comes between them: She'll look after your every need.
3. every single, every other.
Single serves as an intensifier after every (I was able to hear every single word), and other denotes alternate items in a group (Every other house had a garage).
4. every one.
As two words, every one can refer to people or things, and each word retains its distinct meaning (When we cut up the apples, every one of them was rotten). Written as one word, everyone refers only to people: see everyone.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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