Ready to learn the difference between “every” and “all”?
Well, let us start by telling you that they can both be used for people and things. They mean more or less the same but there is a little difference.
Read the definitions…
All: (Adjective) Being or representing the entire or total number, amount, or quantity.
Every: (Adjective) Constituting each and all members of a group without exception.
And most importantly they are used in different ways:
- “All” is used with plural nouns and “every” with singular countable nouns.
All people need love.
Every person needs love.
- “All” can be used with determiners such as “the” and “my”.
All the cars were new.
All my relatives came to the party.
Please note that you can also say
All of my relatives came to the party.
However, you would say…
Every car was new.
Every member of my family came to the party.
We do not normally use determiners with “every”.
- We can only use “all” with non-countable nouns.
I like all music.
And I love this song, “All I want for Christmas is you”