# Should I use "each" here or "every"? [duplicate]

He was stationed as a guard at northern city-gates. There were fifty guards totally, at each city-gate, appointed to protect the gate from robbers, marauders and thieves. There were two junior commanders at _____ gate, each of them commanding twenty-five guards.

Should I use each in the blank space or every? Personally, I would like to use "every", since "each" is already being used several times. Would the sentence be grammatically correct and appropriate if I use "every"?

• You may use either one. But make it "fifty guards total". Aug 16, 2016 at 6:00
• I'd make it 'There were fifty guards in total at each city gate, ...' Aug 16, 2016 at 20:04

You can use both. It changes the emphasis a little as this Cambridge blog shows.

We use each to refer to individual things in a group or a list of two or more things. It is often similar in meaning to every, but we use every to refer to a group or list of three or more things.

Since there are just two gates, I'd suggest each.

• The question is not totally clear, but I can't deduce that there were just 2 gates. Aug 16, 2016 at 20:03
• @EdwinAshworth if there are two officers covering each gate with twenty five guards each and there are fifty guards total my mathematics come up with two gates total. Aug 16, 2016 at 20:05
• @EdwinAshworth strike that, there are fifty guards at each gate. You're right, there is no indication that there are only two gates. Aug 16, 2016 at 20:07
• I'll leave the striking to you. But the each vs every debate has been covered in a previous question. Aug 16, 2016 at 20:17
• In fact there are 8 gates in total. Fifty guards are stationed at each gate and there is a junior commander above every twenty-five of them (guards). Aug 17, 2016 at 13:29

I would use every there. Your sentence structure would put "each gate, each of them" which is slightly repetitive.

• Yes I am aware of that. I am wondering if using "every" here would be grammatically and aesthetically a put off. Aug 16, 2016 at 6:13