Commonly Confused Words
Dead and died
These words are often confused.
Dead is an adjective.
- A dead match
- She was dead tired.
- Mrs Fernandez is dead.
- The telephone is dead.
Died is a verb. It is the past tense and past participle of the verb die.
- She died in an accident.
- So far 30 people have died in the explosion.
- His father died last year.
Each and every
Each is used to talk about two or more people or things; every is used to talk about three or more.
- She had a child holding onto each hand. (NOT — every hand.)
We prefer each when we are thinking of people or things separately. We prefer every when we are thinking of people or things together.
- Each boy in the class was given a present. (= one at a time)
- She kissed them each on the forehead. (One at a time)
- Every boy in the class went on a picnic. (= all the boys or the whole class)
Every, but not each, can be used with abstract nouns.
- You have every reason to be happy. (NOT You have each reason to be happy.)
Similarly every can be used with numbers.
- Buses leave every ten minutes. (NOT — each ten minutes.)