/eech/, adj.1. every one of two or more considered individually or one by one: each stone in a building; a hallway with a door at each end.pron.2. every one individually; each one: Each had a different solution to the problem.adv.3. to, from, or for each; apiece: They cost a dollar each.[bef. 900; ME eche, OE aelc, equiv. to a ever (see AY1) + (ge)lic ALIKE; c. OHG eo-gilih, OFris ellik, D, LG elk]Syn. 1. EACH, EVERY are alike in having a distributive meaning. Of two or more members composing an aggregate, EACH directs attention to the separate members in turn: Each child (of those considered and enumerated) received a large apple. EVERY emphasizes inclusiveness or universality: Every child (of all in existence) likes to play.Usage. The adjective EACH is always followed by a singular noun: each person; each book. When the adjective follows a plural subject, the verb agrees with the subject: They each dress in different styles. The houses each have central heating. When the pronoun EACH comes immediately before the verb, it always takes a singular verb: Each comes (not come) from a different country. When the pronoun is followed by an of phrase containing a plural noun or pronoun, there is a tendency for the verb to be plural: Each of the candidates has (or have) spoken on the issue. Some usage guides maintain that only the singular verb is correct, but plural verbs occur frequently even in edited writing.It is also sometimes said that the pronoun EACH must always be referred to by a singular pronoun, but again actual usage does not regularly observe this stricture: Each member of our garden club had their own special interests. In the most formal speech and writing, singular verbs and pronouns occur more frequently than plural: Each member ... had his own special interests. The use of plural forms, especially plural pronouns, has been increasing in the United States, partially because of the desire to avoid using he or his to refer to a female.ANYONE, ANYBODY, EVERYONE, EVERYBODY, NO ONE, SOMEONE, and SOMEBODY follow the same general patterns of pronoun agreement as EACH. See also they.
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