RE: Each vs Every grrrr

Subject: RE: Each vs Every grrrr
From: "Keith Hansen" <KRH -at- weiland-wfg -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 10:31:08 -0500

Here's my two cents... See the following URL:

It says:
"Sometimes, each and every have the same meaning:
* Prices go up each year.
* Prices go up every year."
This example seems similar to your situation (reports/quarters).

I look at it this way:
* If you deliver a report each quarter, you are (by implication)
delivering a report for every quarter in the year.
* If you deliver a report every quarter in the year, you are (by
implication) delivering one each quarter.
It amounts to the same.

A while back, I was editing a book where the author liked saying "each
and every." ("We deliver a report each and every quarter.") The author
probably wrote this 200 different places in the book. It drove me nuts!
You'd only say that for emphasis--if you wanted to emphatically stress
something (as in "Our highway department has checked each and every bolt
in the bridge. It is now safe!").


-----Original Message-----
From: techwr-l-bounces+krh=weiland-wfg -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+krh=weiland-wfg -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
Behalf Of Rob Hudson
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 9:47 AM
Subject: Each vs Every grrrr

Hi All,

I'm having one of those timeless debates about "each" vs "every." In
the sentence "Every quarter, we deliver comprehensive reports.",
should the first word be "each" or "every"?



Create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert to Help file formats or
printed documentation. Features include support for Windows Vista & 2007
Microsoft Office, team authoring, plus more.

True single source, conditional content, PDF export, modular help.
Help & Manual is the most powerful authoring tool for technical
documentation. Boost your productivity!

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Each vs Every grrrr: From: Rob Hudson

Previous by Author: More/Less Accurate/Complete
Next by Author: RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
Previous by Thread: Each vs Every grrrr
Next by Thread: RE: Each vs Every grrrr

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads