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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Distributive Pronouns

Consider the following sentences:-
Each of the boys gets the prize.     Each took it in turn.      Either of these roads leads to the railway station.    Either of you can go.     Neither of the accusations is true.
      Each, either, neither are called Distributive Pronouns because they refer to persons or things one at a time. For this reason they are always singular and as such followed by the verb in the singular.
Note:-  Each is used to denote every one of a number of persons or things taken singly.
Either means not the one nor the other of two. It is the negative of either.
     Hence either and neither should be used only in speaking of two persons or things. When more than two are spoken of, any no one, none should be used.

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