W1S1 [i:tʃ] determiner, pron, adv
[: Old English; Origin: Alc]
1.) every one of two or more things or people, considered separately
She had a bottle in each hand.
Grill the fish for five minutes on each side.
Each member of the team is given a particular job to do.
We each have our own skills.
When the children arrive, you give them each a balloon.
There are four bedrooms, each with its own shower and WC.
The tickets cost £20 each (=each ticket costs £20) .
You get two cookies each (=every one of you gets two cookies) .
each of
I'm going to ask each of you to speak for three minutes.
There are 250 blocks of stone, and each one weighs a ton.
each day/week/month etc
(=on each day, in each week etc)
a disease that affects about 10 million people each year
2.) each and every
used to emphasize that you are talking about every person or thing in a group
These are issues that affect each and every one of us.
Firemen face dangerous situations each and every day.
3.) each to his/their own
used to say that we all have different ideas about how to do things, what we like etc, especially when you do not agree with someone else's choice
I'd have chosen something more modern myself, but each to his own.
WORD CHOICE: each, every
It is often correct to use either each or every , but they have slightly different meanings.
Use each when you are thinking about the people or things in a group separately, one by one : Each student came forward to receive a medal (emphasizes that they came forward one after another) |Each time you exercise, you get a little stronger.
Use every when you are thinking about the whole group of people or things together, with no exceptions : Every student was given a prize (emphasizes that everyone in the group got a prize) |Warm up every time you exercise.
!! Do not use each with words such as 'almost', 'nearly', or 'not'. Use every : Almost every window was broken. | Not every child enjoyed the party.
!! Do not use each in negative clauses. Use none : None of the answers were correct (NOT Each of the answers were not correct).
each and every are followed by a singular verb : Each item was thoroughly checked. | Every member wears a uniform.
each and every are usually followed by a singular pronoun or determiner (he, she, it, his, himself etc) : Each component can be replaced separately if it breaks. |Every woman must decide for herself.
But you can use 'they', 'them', 'their' etc when you do not want to say whether people are male or female : Every child has their own room.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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