Friday, December 07, 2007

"Each", "Every" or are both words possible?

Here are 10 sentences (I have removed a duplicate sentence) taken from a British National Corpus search. Say in a comment whether the missing word in each sentence should be each or every - or are both possible?

1. April 1990, married couples have been taxed independently, and _______ spouse is responsible for paying tax on his/her own income. If

2. found responsible and brought to justice. PRISONER LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN _______ of the people whose story follows is a prisoner of conscience.

3. from Birmingham. She talks incessantly and seems over-enthusiastic about nearly _______ aspect of life --; prattling on without caring much about the kind

4. now available to members of the public at a price of 50p _______ . Last year ACET educators saw 24,500 pupils in face to face

5. the forms in which it was internalised or repressed., Not _______ reader of his book can have come to it believing the chauvinistic

6. the woman he lives with and loves. It isn't _______ comic genius who would undertake to send his talent into such painful

7. These early groups were called "Threes Groups" because _______ adopted three prisoners, one from the East, one from the

8. use the covenant form attached to this leaflet you can make _______ annual payment at any time, or by any instalments, you

9. vitally important role to play. Until the numbers of deaths _______ month has risen to equal or exceed the number of new diagnoses

10. Well, drove all the way up. Must have stopped _______ ten yards between junctions seventeen and eighteen. Not a trace of


This exercise was designed for Level 4 classes, but I recommend it to Level 3 as well.

4 comments:

MARIANGELA said...

Hi Mike,
the exercise about each and every is more interesting...but some sentences are strange!!!Anyway it could be good for us to chek them on tuesday.
thanks for this extra exercises and have a nice weekend for all
mariangela 4b tue -thu

Anonymous said...

Hi Mije,

Please see here below my answers:

1 Each
2 Every
3/4 Each
5 Each
6 Every
7 Each
8 Each
9 Every
10 Every/Each
11 Every

Bye Bye, see you next saturday! :)
Rossella

Mike said...

1 Each OK
2 Every WRONG (= "each", when followed by "of")
3/4 Each WRONG (="every". Apologies for the repetition.)
5 Each OK
6 Every OK
7 Each WRONG (="every")
8 Each OK
9 Every WRONG (="each")
10 Every/Each OK
11 Every OK

THE RULES: These are not easy for a teacher to explain, but I'll try.

We use "each" to concentrate on an individual in a group of people or objects.
"I gave a piece of cake to each child."

"Each" can also be an adverb, e.g. in no. 5: "... at a price of 50p each."

We use "every" with a singular noun and verb when we want to indicate a group. "Every student has to write a composition." We use "all" with a plural noun and verb to indicate an entire group: "All students must write a composition." We also use "every" with time expressions. "I go to work every day".

However there are many occasions when either "each" or "every" can be used. An exception is no. 6: we use "every" when preceded by a negative expression such as "not": "not every", not "not each".

"Every" can't be used on its own: it has to be followed by a noun. So "every" is wrong in no. 8.

"Every" can be used with a numeric expression to indicate frequency, in either time or distance, as in no. 11. "Every ten yards [metres]" not "each ten yards"; "every fiove minutes", not "each five minutes."

I hope this helps; please do ask me at the beginning of the lesson if you need further clarification.

- Mike

Anonymous said...

I can't believe of myself!!! I did only 2 errors. I didn't realize that Mike posted correct answers. I corrected mine and.. wow.. excellent result!! I admit I was a bit confused about EACH and EVERY use, but now I feel a little more confident.

thanx mike

giacomo 4b T-T