Each

Each of us has heard the word 'each' but not many of us know its uses. If you want to learn its uses, follow this lesson.

How to use "Each" in English Grammar

'Each' is a tricky word in the English language and this is the reason why we are going to cover its uses in this lesson.

Functions of 'Each'

1. 'Each' as a Determiner

Use

'Each' as a determiner is used before a singular noun to indicate that 'every member, individual of a group of people or things.'

Each book is sold right now.

There is a group of books and we are referring to everyone of it.

She talked to each student in the class.

Position in a Sentence

'Each' as a determiner is used before singular nouns, so it takes a singular verb. 'Each' and the modified noun can act as the subject, object, subject complement, etc.

Each book is sold right now.

subject

She talked to each student in the class.

object of the preposition

2. 'Each' as a Pronoun

Use

'Each' as a pronoun replaces the singular noun it refers to and indicates that 'every member, individual of a group of people or things.' For example:

Each of us knew the reason why we had burn out at work.

This sentence could be 'we each knew...'

Each can be sold at 50 $.

Position in a Sentence

*Each' as a pronoun replaces a singular noun, so a singular verb must be used. 'Each' can be the subject, the object, the subject complement, etc.

Each can be sold at 50 $.

subject

We needed each of them quickly.

object

3. 'Each' as an Adverb

Use

'Each' as an adverb is used to modify the meaning of the verb. It has a similar meaning to 'to, from, or for each; apiece.' For example:

We each knew what to do.

They each cost one dollar.

Position in a Sentence

'Each' as an adverb does not have a pre-determined place. As a result, you can put it before verbs, and after them, or at the end of the sentence. For example:

They each cost one dollar.

We were given each an apple.

We were given an apple each.

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