Both vs. Each

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What´s the difference between "both" and "each"?

Both vs. Each

"Both" means "the two considered together," and "each" refers to the individual members of a group considered separately.

Ex: We require an authorization form signed by both owners.
Ex: We require a separate form for each person's account.

   

Comments

1/14/2008 9:02:30 PM
Ann Stewart said:

Despite having worked as an editor for 5 years, this both/each thing still has me confused. I understand what you say above, but would like to see more examples. Thanks.


7/1/2009 1:55:54 AM
Neil Campbell said:

I hear this error almost every day in public speach, most commonly in the phrase "A little of both" when the speaker really means "a little of each".


9/24/2009 5:10:36 PM
Stephen Segall said:

There's another difference. Both specifies exactly two. Each can refer to many.


2/13/2012 1:14:27 PM
Sandra Medsker said:

Well done;perfect example.


4/16/2015 11:10:13 AM
Dorothy Campbell said:

Had occasion to question which to use and after reading the explanation and additional comment by Mr. Segall the answer became clear. Thank you.




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