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

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