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Distributives - Easy Learning Grammar

Distributives are determiners that are used to talk about how something is shared out or divided.The distributives are each, every, either, and neither. They are used with a singular noun.
  • Each child was given a balloon.
  • I remember every detail of our conversation.
  • Either child could win the prize.
  • Neither plan was successful.
  • Each and every are not used with proper nouns.

  • Each is used to refer to separate persons or things in a group of two or more.
  • Four girls came and each one sang a song.
  • Each ticket should have a number on the back.
  • Every is used to refer to all the persons or things in a group of three or more.
  • Every teacher has a key to the building.
  • Katrina danced with every boy at the party.
  • Every can be used in front of ordinal numbers. ‘Every second house’ means the second house, the fourth house, the sixth house, and so on.
  • I have to work every third weekend.
  • Every fourth house has a garage.
  • Either is used to talk about one of two people or things.
  • They did not appoint either man as captain.
  • Either restaurant would suit me.
  • Neither is used to exclude both of two people or things that are being referred to.
  • They appointed neither man as captain.
  • Neither restaurant is cheap enough.

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