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Each vs Every – Confusing English Words

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There is a bus every 30 minutes

Every day at Happy English, I have a lot of students to meet and English lessons to teach. Each student is at a different point in their English learning adventure, and I do my best to make sure that I prepare lessons to help each of them. Every lesson is different, just like each student is different. It takes a lot of work, time and effort to manage such a teaching system, but every one of my students is special to me, and I want to help each person succeed!

For today’s English lesson, I want to show you the difference between each and every. Have a look at the paragraph above once more, and then take a look at the lesson.

In many general situations, we use each and every with the same meaning. This is most common when we talk about time:

  • Jack works hard each day.
  • Jack works hard every day.
  • Each year, we get older and wiser.
  • Every year, we get older and wiser.

That said, we generally tend to use each when we think of things individually or separately:

  • Each pen has the company logo on it. The pens one by one have the company logo.
  • Each student will have an opportunity to talk to the teacher. Who wants to go first?

However, we generally tend to use every when we think of things as part of a group, similar to the way we use all:

  • Every person on the tour receives a hat and a rain poncho.
  • Every guest at the party had fun.

We also use each, and not every, when we talk about two things:

  • The bank robber held a gun in each hand. Not….in every hand.
  • Married life is sometimes not easy. Each person needs to compromise at some point.

We also use each, and not every, before of:

  • Each of these pens has the company logo on it.
  • Each of you should follow me.

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Believe vs believe in – Confusing English Words

Believe vs believe in - Confusing English Words

Do you believe in Santa?

When I was a kid, I asked my mom about love. I wanted to know how you know when you are in love with someone. She replied, “you just know.” That was pretty powerful advice for a ten-year old. Of course I believed her then, and I still believe her advice. Although she told me once that ghosts don’t exist. I’ve never seen a ghost, but I do believe in them. I’ve got a friend that also believes in ghosts, because she said that she’s seen them. I guess I believe her too!

For today’s English lesson, I want to show you the difference between believe and believe in. Have a look at the paragraph above once more, and then take a look at the lesson.

Believe means to accept that something or someone’s words are true. You can believe a person, or something that a person said:

  • I believe her. She is always honest.
  • Do you believe her story? It sounds fishy to me.

Believe in is a little different. Believe in means to have faith that something exists. You believe in something because you have faith that it exists, even though you may never have seen or experienced it:

  • Do you believe in ghosts?
  • Many people in the world believe in God.

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