Each and every one of them

Every people can access their own social media account with the touch of a finger.

This is partly forgivable. We know that millions of people (= millions of fingers) use social media, and this writer is making a statement that applies to all of these people. However, there is some faulty grammar:

  • Every field is going through rapid change.
  • The crowds were getting worse every minute!
  • These days every genre is using every sound.
  • Every + field, minute, genre, sound (singular, even though we’re thinking about all fields, minutes, genres, sounds!)

I know. It’s crazy. And the same applies to each:

  • Each correct answer is worth 10 points.
  • Each room contains high speed wireless internet access.
  • Each drink contains 108 calories.
  • Each + answer, room, drink  (singular, even though we’re thinking about all answers, rooms, drinks!)

Summary

Returning to our opening example we at least need:

  • Every person can access their own social media account with the touch of a finger.

However, when we’re talking about people it is much more common to use words like anyone, everyone, everybody or anybody:

  • Anybody can access their own social media account with the touch of a finger.

Finally, a common expression used to emphasise all of them is:

  • Each and every one of them.
  • Each + one, Every + one!

2 comments on “Each and every one of them

    • mm

      Good point Elena! His/her is also ‘correct’, but is generally thought to be inelegant, even sexist. Most people use ‘their’ as a substitute for his/her!

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