Angela’s ABCs – Both and Each
Both and each
Difference between both and each:
- Both refers to two things considered together, while each refers to the individual members of a group considered separately, or one by one.
- The essence of both is togetherness, whereas the essence of each is separateness.
- Both refers to two only, whereas each can refer to more than two.
Sometimes, it’s important to use each instead of both for clarity:
- I gave both girls £10. This could mean that you gave them £10 to share between them.
- I gave each girl £10. This makes it clear that you gave them £10 each.
- The bank requires a form signed by both account holders. Only one form is needed.
- The bank requires a form for each person’s account. More than one form is needed