What is the difference between 'each' and 'every'?

Using words in English can become difficult sometimes. In this story, we will look at two words that confuse people.

As the two words - 'each' and 'every' - convey similar meanings, people use them interchangeably and make mistakes.  So, let us learn how to use them correctly.

"Each" describes specific items that are part of a group of two or more.  For example: 'each piece of cake', 'each student in the class', etc.

On the other hand, 'every' does not simply refer to an individual but to the group as a whole.   For example: all members in a team = every member.

The second difference is that while 'every' refers to groups of at least three items, 'each' can be used for groups of two or more.

You can use either 'each' or 'both' when a group only contains two elements.  E.g., 'Each' of you should come.' or, 'Both of you should come.'.

'Every' could also be replaced with the word 'all'.  E.g., 'Everyone present here is invited.' or 'All of you present here is invited.'.

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