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Each and every are similar in meaning. It is often possible to use both each or every.

Each time (or every time) I see you, you look different.
• There's a telephone in each room (or every room) of the house.

But each and every are not exactly the same. Read below to see:

We use each when we think of things separately, one by one.

• Study each sentence carefully. (= study the sentences one by one)

Each is more usual for a small number:

• There were four books on the table. Each book was a different colour.

• (in a card game) At the beginning of the game, each player has three cards.

We use every when we think of things as a group. The meaning is similar to all.

Every sentence must have a subject. (= all sentences in general)

Every is more usual for a large number:

• Carol loves reading. She has read every book in the library. (= all the books)

• I would like to visit every country in the world. (= all the countries)

Important: each (but not every) can be used for two things:

• In a football match, each team has 11 players. (not "every team")

We use every (not each) to say how often something happens:

• "How often do you go shopping?" " Every day" (not "each day")
• There's a bus every ten minutes. (not "each ten minutes")

Compare the structures we use with each and every:

You can use each with a noun:
  each book   each student

You can use each alone (without a noun):
• None of the rooms was the same. Each was different. (= each room)

Or you can use each one:
Each one was different.

You can say each of (the.../these... etc.):
• Read each of these sentences carefully.

Each of the books is a different color.

Also each of us/you/them:
Each of them is a different color.

You can use every with a noun:
every book   every student

You can say every one (but not every alone):

• "hHave you read all these books?" "Yes, every one."

You can say every one of... (but not "every of...")

• I've read every one of those books. (not " every of those books")

• I've read every one of them.

You can also use each in the middle or at the end of a sentence. For example:

• The students were each given a book. (= Each student was given a book)

• These oranges cost 25 pence each.

Difference between: Everyone and every one

Everyone (one word) is only for people (= everybody).

Every one (two words) is for things or people, and is similar to each one:

• Everyone enjoyed the party. (= everybody...)
• He is invited to lots of parties and he goes to every one. (= to every party)

    Is it corect to use "each

    Is it corect to use "each and every" in order to emphasise the idea? Such as: I'll supervise each and every detail of the presentation?

    Thankyou, Mi

    Some people do, but to me it

    Some people do, but to me it comes across as irritatingly hyperbolic.

    Thanks for your

    Thanks for your straightforward untangling of the each/every grammatical conundrum. I happened upon your site by chance, but serendipitously so.

    Thanks !

    Thanks !