Every

You may have encountered the words 'everyone' and everything.' Notice that 'every' is common in both of them. In this lesson, we will learn all about it.

How to use ''Every'' in the English Grammar?

In this lesson, we have tried to cover the use of 'every' as one of the most widely-used words.

'Every' as a Determiner

Use

'Every' as a determiner is used to modify and describe a singular noun and it is used in three concepts.

  • 'Every' as a determiner is used to indicate each person or thing in a group or series, to show all members of a group.

Every girl knows well what boys mean.

I understand every word he says.

  • 'Every' as a determiner is used to show how often an activity, event, etc., happens or is done.

I go to the club every night.

Every 10 minutes, he calls his girlfriend.

  • 'Every' as a determiner indicates '‌all possible, all, total, complete.'

I have every confidence in you.

complete, total

I have every reason to act like that.

Position in a Sentence

'Every' as a determiner is used before nouns to describe them. Note that the noun must be singular or abstract and accordibgly the verb is singular too if 'every' is the subject of the sentence. For example:

I have every confidence in you.

abstract noun

Every girl knows well what boys mean.

a singular verb

I understand every word he says.

singular noun

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