Posted by: episystechpubs | August 5, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Each and Every

Today we have a short lesson from Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, by Mignon Fogarty:

Each Versus Every

Each and every mean the same thing and are considered singular nouns, so they take singular verbs. (Note the singular verbs in the following examples.) If you want to get technical, you can use each to emphasize the individual items or people:

Each care is handled with care.

and every to emphasize the larger group:

Every car should use hybrid technology.

People often say “each and every” for emphasis, but it is redundant.

And from the photo bank we call the Internet: let’s just hope these folks aren’t great spellers. I think I’ll play it safe and skip lunch, just in case!

Kara Church

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