All, Every, and Each – Confusing Words

The words all, every, and each are easy to confuse.

all, every, and each

All is an adjective or adverb that refers to a complete or entire amount, or to every part of a whole. We use it to talk about the total number of things.

Notice that the noun can be singular or plural.

All of the members are present for the meeting.
I want to eat all of the pizza, because it is delicious.

Every is an adjective that we use to talk about each individual thing, as part of a group. For this reason, we treat every as singular.

We can use the word every alone, or combine it to form compound words:
everyone or everybody

Do you do exercise every morning?
Everything is going to be okay.
Everyone likes pizza, right?

Each is similar to every, but emphasizes the individuality of the things.

Each person has a responsibility to be kind to each other.
Each pizza is made to order. Each of the pizzas are made by hand.

A Little Trick
A sentence to help you understand and remember the words is:

I am grateful all day, each and every day.

All or Every?
1.) ____ I’ve had to eat today is a banana.
2.) Do you get up early ____ day?
3.) Tomas is so lazy. He just wants to lay on the couch ____ day, from Sun up to Sun down.
4.) The neighbours are very religious. They go to church ____ day of the week!
5.) My sister smiles ____ time she looks at the flowers you send her.
6.) I miss you. I think of you ____ the time.

Let’s look at how we make compound words with some, any, every, and no.

some and any with thing, body, place and time

You can review some and any separately as well.
Try adding another sentence to the examples above, to use the words in context.