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every

determiner (ALL)    /ˈev.ri/
A1 used when referring to all the members of a group of three or more: The police want to interview every employee about the theft . The show will be broadcast every weekday morning between 9.00 and 10.00. We're open every day except Sunday . I've been out every night this week . Every time I go to London I get caught in a traffic jam . Ten pence is donated to charity for every bottle sold . These paintings may look like the real thing, but (each and) every one of them is a fake . That salmon was very expensive so make sure you eat up every ( single ) bit .Both, all, each and every every bit as equally as: Opponents of the war are considered every bit as patriotic as supporters .Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities every last every: We catch the majority of people , but hunting down every last tax dodger is impossible .Both, all, each and every every which way US in all directions : The game was hindered by a fierce wind that swept the ball every which way.General location and orientation in every way in all ways : This movie is in every way a masterpiece of cinematography .General (your) every need all the things that you need or want : There'll be an assistant there to see to your every need.Feelings of desire Grammar:All and every + nounsThe meaning of all and every is very similar but we use them in different ways. We use all with plural and uncountable nouns and every with singular nouns:Grammar:All (of) theWe can use all and all of before articles (the, a/an), demonstratives (this, that) and possessives (our, his) but we can’t use every before them:Grammar:All day, every dayWe use all day, all week, all month to mean ‘one entire day/week/month’:Grammar:All or every: typical errorsGrammar:Any or every?We use any and every to talk about the total numbers of things in a group. Their meanings are not exactly the same:Grammar:EveryEvery is a determiner.Grammar:Every meaning ‘each member of a group’We use every + singular noun to refer individually to all the members of a complete group of something:Grammar:Every: regular situationsWe use every with a singular noun to refer to something that happens regularly:Grammar:Every singleWe often use single with every to emphasise each member of a complete group of people or things:Grammar:Every one or everyone?We use every one, written as two words, to refer back to a noun we have already mentioned:Grammar:Every otherWe use every other to mean ‘alternate’:Grammar:Every: typical errorsGrammar:Each or every?We use each to refer to individual things in a group or a list of two or more things. It is often similar in meaning to every, but we use every to refer to a group or list of three or more things.
(Definition of every determiner (ALL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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