what is the difference between EACh and EVERY in terms of verb following it?

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I have query in the usage of determiners EACh and EVERy. Please tell me whether these sentences are correct or not?
Each of the seats were taken up.
Every seat was taken up.
The verb form is plural in first case and singular in seceond case.

My query is it is usually said each is followed by singular helping verb but here plural helping verb is used with EACh. Please tell whats the reason behind it.?

asked Oct 04 '13 at 16:37 Ruchi New member

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In both cases, 'was' is the verb to use. 'Each' is the subject and is singular. Don't let the plural object of the preposition control the number of the verb; the subject always determines whether the verb is singular or plural.

link comment answered Oct 07 '13 at 13:08 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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