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"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!").
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Subject: Each vs Every grrrr
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"?
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