each : Common Errors in English

About each

“Each” as a subject is always singular: think of it as equivalent to “every one.” The verb whose subject it is must also be singular. Some uses, like “to keep them from fighting, each dog has been given its own bowl,” cause no problem. No one is tempted to say “have been given.” But when a prepositional phrase with a plural object intervenes between subject and verb, we are likely to be misled into saying things like “Each of the children have to memorize their own locker combinations.” The subject is “each,” not “children.” The tendency to avoid specifying gender by using “their” adds to pressure toward plurality; but the correct version of this sentence is “Each of the children has to memorize his or her own locker combination.” One can avoid the entire problem by pluralizing throughout: “All the children have to memorize their own locker combinations” (but see the entry on for more on this point). In many uses, however, “each” is not the subject, as in “We each have our own favorite flavor of ice cream” which is correct because “we” and not “each” is the subject of the verb “have.”“Each other” cannot be a subject, so the question of verb number does not arise; but the number of the possessive creates a problem for some writers. “They gazed into each other’s eyes” is correct and “each others’” is incorrect because “each other” is singular. Reword to “each gazed into the other’s eyes” to see the logic behind this rule. “Each other” is always two distinct words separated by a space although it functions grammatically as a sort of compound word.

each Meaning(s)

  • (s) (used of count nouns) every one considered individually
  • (r) to or from every one of two or more (considered individually)

each in News

  1. 30 downed dogs each in Pittsburgh earn two a spot at national eating contest

    A man and woman ate 30 hot dogs each at a competition held in Downtown Pittsburgh, qualifying for an international contest next month.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  2. 15-minute walk after each meal may reduce type 2 diabetes risk

    WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- A 15-minute walk after each meal may help older adults regulate blood-sugar levels and may reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes, U.S. researchers say.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: UPI

  3. In Nepal, Exiled Each Month

    Watch In Nepal, Exiled Each Month video online. News and opinion video from The NYTimes including breaking news, investigative reporting, national and international coverage. Style and celebrity video.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New York Times

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