both vs each :

both or each

There are times when it is important to use “each” instead of “both.” Few people will be confused if you say “I gave both of the boys a baseball glove,” meaning “I gave both of the boys baseball gloves” because it is unlikely that two boys would be expected to share one glove; but you risk confusion if you say “I gave both of the boys $50.” It is possible to construe this sentence as meaning that the boys shared the same $50 gift. “I gave each of the boys $50” is clearer.

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Definitions

  • s  (used with count nouns) two considered together; the two
    both girls are pretty

  • s  (used of count nouns) every one considered individually
    each person is mortal
    each party is welcome
  • r  to or from every one of two or more (considered individually)
    they received $10 each
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