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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Criminal Sentence 88: "Each and every"

A common redundancy:

"Each and every day, I eat oatmeal."

That's a healthy breakfast but not a healthy sentence

The phrase "each and every" is redundant because the words "each" and "every" mean the same thing. So it's as if you said, "I'm wearing a red and red shirt."

Try to ban the phrase "each and every" from your writing. Just use "each" or "every."

Thank you and thank you.


Doug and Amanda said...

I'm having a hard time accepting this. Wouldn't it be acceptable for emphasis?

The Sentence Sleuth said...

Thanks for your comment.
This is a style issue more than a right or wrong issue. Still, I feel it's redundant to say "Each and every night you must brush your teeth." I suppose I could grudgingly allow it for emphasis, but it's becoming a cliche. I feel it's a lazy phrase that's used instead of something more imaginative.