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every

determiner (GREATEST)    /ˈev.ri/
B2 the greatest possible or that can be imagined: I'd like to wish you every success in your new job/happiness in your new home. She has every reason to be unhappy after losing her job and her home. You had every opportunity to make a complaint. Every effort is being made to minimize civilian casualties. She has every right to be proud of her tremendous achievements.Extremely good 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:See moreGrammar: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:See moreGrammar:All day, every dayWe use all day, all week, all month to mean ‘one entire day/week/month’:See moreGrammar:All or every: typical errorsSee moreGrammar: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:See moreGrammar:EveryEvery is a determiner.See moreGrammar: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:See moreGrammar:Every: regular situationsWe use every with a singular noun to refer to something that happens regularly:See moreGrammar:Every singleWe often use single with every to emphasise each member of a complete group of people or things:See moreGrammar:Every one or everyone?We use every one, written as two words, to refer back to a noun we have already mentioned:See moreGrammar:Every otherWe use every other to mean ‘alternate’:See moreGrammar:Every: typical errorsSee more
(Definition of every determiner (GREATEST) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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