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determiner every pronunciation in British English /ˈevri/
Every is generally used before a singular countable noun. The only exceptions are at Sense 2, where every can be used in phrases like ‘every three hours’, and at Sense 3.
A noun subject that follows every is used with a singular verb.
In formal writing, a pronoun or possessive adjective that refers to a subject with every is usually singular: Every employee has his or her own key to the building. However, in conversation and in informal writing these pronouns and possessive adjectives are often plural: Every employee has their own key to the building.
 
  1. 1
    used for referring to all the people or things of a particular type or in a particular group, or all the parts of something
    Every bedroom has its own private bathroom.
    She wrote to every member of the committee.
    I can remember every detail of our conversation.
    every single (=used for emphasis): This is a decision that affects every single one of us.
    every inch/moment/word (=used for emphasizing that you mean the whole of something): A wonderful experience! I enjoyed every moment of it.
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  2. 2
    used for showing how often something happens or how far apart things are, especially when there is a regular time or distance between them
    every day/every two hours/every few miles etc: You should take one tablet every four hours.
    There are army checkpoints every few miles along the road.
    every other day/week/month etc (=on the first, third, fifth etc days, weeks, or months): I have to work every other weekend.
    The committee meets every other month.
    every now and again/every now and then/every so often/every once in a while (=sometimes but not often): Every so often he would stop work and look towards the gate.
    Every now and then (=not too frequently) an event occurs that changes public attitudes.
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  3. 3
    used for showing how common something is by giving a number as a part of a larger number
    Almost one in every five computers was found to be faulty.
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  4. 4
    used before some words for emphasis
    every reason/sign/intention etc: The team has every reason to feel proud after last night’s stunning performance.
    The economy shows every sign of making a strong recovery.
    We wish you both every happiness in your future life together.
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