Commonly confused or misused English words

Below are two pairs of words that are easy to mix up or misuse. The examples will help you to understand how to correctly use these words. If you have questions or would like further explanation, email me at jane@beccacademy.com.

 

each / every

Both each and every mean every/each one of two or more persons or things, but each can be used in a way that every cannot.

 

Each and every are both used before a singular countable noun with a singular verb.

Examples:

Each / Every manager is responsible for their department’s budget.

Each / Every time I turn on my computer I get an error message.

 

Each can also be used before the main verb or at the end of a clauseEvery cannot be used in these ways.

Examples:

We each got a bonus.

We were each given a bonus.

We were given a bonus each.

–> All three of the sentences above mean “Each / Every individual person received a bonus.”

 

most / most of

Most = the majority everywhere

ExampleMost people like ice cream, but I don’t.

 

Most of = the majority of a certain group

Example: I knew most of the people at the workshop.

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