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What's the difference to use "each item", "every item" and "each and every item"?

asked Dec 30 '11 at 06:08 CF LOK New member

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The difference in meaning can be subtle.  Each can add emphasis to the individuality of the items, whereas every could refer to the items as a group.

"Each and every" can be used for emphasis, but it's redundant.

link comment answered Dec 30 '11 at 16:28 Jody M. Expert
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To elaborate on Jody's answer...

 

The emphasis that this phrase implies is that not a single item is missed, that the writer is very sure of that fact.

link comment answered Dec 30 '11 at 20:58 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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