Definition of every determiner from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈevri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈevri//
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  1. 1  used 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. Grammar Pointeach / every Each is used in front of a singular noun and is followed by a singular verb:Each student has been given his or her own email address. The use of his or her sometimes sounds slightly formal and it is becoming more common to use the plural pronoun their:Each student has been given their own email address. When each is used after a plural subject, it has a plural verb:They each have their own email 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 usually singular:Each (one) of the houses was slightly different. I bought a dozen eggs and every one of them was bad. A plural verb is more informal.
  2. 2  all possible We wish you every success. He had every reason to be angry.
  3. 3  used 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. Word OriginOld English ǣfre ǣlc, from ǣfre ‘ever’ and ǣlc ‘each’.Idioms  each alternate one (= the first, third, fifth, etc. one, but not the second, fourth, sixth, etc.) They visit us every other week.
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