each: grammar

  • We use each before a singular noun.
      [each + singular noun]
      Each new day is different.
  • We use each of before a pronoun or a determiner (for example the, my, these). The pronoun or noun is plural.
      [each of us/you/them
      each of + determiner + plural noun]
      She bought a different present for each of us
      I write to each of my children once a week.

    After each of … a verb is usually singular, but it can be plural in an informal style.

      Each of them has his own way of doing things.
      (More informal: Each of them have their own way . . .)
  • Each can come after an indirect object (but not usually a direct object).
      [ indirect object + each ]
      I bought the girls each an ice-cream.
      She sent them each a present.
  • We can use each without a noun, but each one is more common.
      I’ve got five brothers, and each (one) is quite different from the others.
  • Each can go with a verb, in ‘mid-position’, like some adverbs.
      [ auxiliary verb + each be+ each]
      They have each got their own rooms.
      We are each going on a separate holiday this year.
      You are each right in a different way.
      [each + other verb]
      We each think the same.
      They each want to talk all the time.