American English

Definition of every determiner from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1used with singular nouns to refer to all the members of a group of things or people She knows every student in the school. I could hear every word they said. We enjoyed every minute of our stay. Every day seemed the same to him. Every single time he calls, I'm out. I read every last article in the newspaper (= all of them). They were watching her every movement. Every one of their CDs has been a hit. Grammareach / everyEach is used in front of a singular noun and is followed by a singular verb:Each book is labeled with a price.It is usually preferable to use their instead of his or her, even in the singular:Each student will be given their own e-mail address.When each is used after a plural subject, it has a plural verb:They each have their own e-mail address.Every is always followed by a singular verb:Every student in the class is capable of passing the exam.Each of, each one of, and every one of are followed by a plural noun or pronoun, but the verb is singular:Each (one) of the houses was slightly different. I bought a dozen eggs and every one of them was bad.
  2. 2all possible We wish you every success. He had every reason to be angry.
  3. 3used to say how often something happens or is done The buses go every 10 minutes. We had to stop every few miles. One in every three marriages ends in divorce. He has every third day off (= he works for two days, then has one day off, then works for two days, and so on). We see each other every now and again. Every now and then he regretted his decision.
  4. Idioms
    every other
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    each alternate one (= the first, third, fifth, etc. one, but not the second, fourth, sixth, etc.) They visit us every other week.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: every