each other


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each other

pron.
Each the other. Used to indicate that a relationship or an action is reciprocal among the members of the set referred to by the antecedent: The boys like each other.
Usage Note: According to a traditional rule, each other denotes a reciprocal relation between two entities, and one another refers to more than two. This rule requires Dick and Maggie gave each other a knowing look and The members of the graduating class applauded one another. Most of the Usage Panel favors the rule. In our 2005 survey, 86 percent (up from 64 percent in 1987) reported limiting the reference of each other to two things in their own writing. In 2009, 84 percent accepted one another in the graduating class example above, but only 56 percent accepted each other. Still, the rule is often ignored without causing confusion and should be regarded more as a stylistic preference than a norm of Standard English. Many people maintain a further stylistic distinction between the two expressions by using one another when an ordered series of events or stages is involved, as in The waiters followed one another into the room. · The possessive forms of each other and one another are each other's and one another's: The boys wore each other's (not each others') coats. They had forgotten one another's (not one anothers') names.

each other

pron
used when the action, attribution, etc, is reciprocal: furious with each other.
Usage: Each other and one another are interchangeable in modern British usage

each` oth′er


pron.
each the other; one another (used as a compound reciprocal pronoun): to love each other; to hold each other's hands; to talk to each other.
[before 1000]
usage: Usage guides advise that each other be used only of two, and one another only of three or more or of an indefinite number. In standard practice, however, these expressions are used interchangeably, without distinction as to number.

each other

one another
1. uses

You use each other or one another to show that each member of a group does something to or for the other members. For example, if Simon likes Louise and Louise likes Simon, you say that Simon and Louise like each other or like one another. Each other and one another are sometimes called reciprocal pronouns.

Each other and one another are usually the direct or indirect object of a verb.

We help each other a lot.
They sent one another gifts from time to time.

You can also use them as the object of a preposition.

Pierre and Thierry were jealous of each other.
They didn't dare to look at one another.
2. possessives

You can form possessives by adding 's to each other and one another.

I hope that you all enjoy each other's company.
Apes spend a great deal of time grooming one another's fur.
3. differences

There is very little difference in meaning between each other and one another. One another is fairly formal, and many people do not use it at all. Some people prefer to use each other when they are talking about two people or things, and one another when they are talking about more than two. However, most people do not make this distinction.

Translations
بَعْضَهمـا
hinanden
toisensa
l'un l'autremutuellementréciproquementl’un l’autrel’une l’autre
egymás
hvor/hver annan
navzájom
varandra
birbirinebirbirini

each

(iːtʃ) adjective
every (thing, person etc) of two or more, considered separately. each house in this street.
pronoun
every single one, of two or more. They each have 50 cents.
adverb
to or for each one; apiece; I gave them an apple each.
each other
used as the object when an action takes place between two (loosely, more than two) people etc. They wounded each other.

each is singular: Each of them has (not have) a bag in his hand .
References in classic literature ?
So Momulla went to Kai Shang and asked him if there was such an apparatus as a wireless by means of which ships could talk with each other at great distances, and Kai Shang told him that there was.
The men in one of his visions, seen in heavenly light, appeared like dragons, and seemed in darkness; but to each other they appeared as men, and when the light from heaven shone into their cabin, they complained of the darkness, and were compelled to shut the window that they might see.
In the meantime, Dame Aloise, delighted to see them thus bending towards each other and whispering, said as she toyed with the clasps of her prayer-book,--
Maggie, if you loved me as I love you, we should throw everything else to the winds for the sake of belonging to each other.
In the face of labor-saving machinery, of organized production, of the increased efficiency of combination, you would set the economic sun back a whole generation or so to the time when there were no great capitalists, no great machinery, no railroads--a time when a host of little capitalists warred with each other in economic anarchy, and when production was primitive, wasteful, unorganized, and costly.
The common degrees of these are easily distinguished, though it is not impossible but in particular instances they may very nearly approach to each other.
You can both of you go on quarrelling with all the world and with each other on those two topics.
They ran towards each other, and stood together hand in hand in the vast church of nature and of poetry, while over them sounded the invisible holy bell: blessed spirits floated around them, and lifted up their voices in a rejoicing hallelujah!
Now if in this particular science any one would attend to its original seeds, and their first shoot, he would then as in others have the subject perfectly before him; and perceive, in the first place, that it is requisite that those should be joined together whose species cannot exist without each other, as the male and the female, for the business of propagation; and this not through choice, but by that natural impulse which acts both upon plants and animals also, for the purpose of their leaving behind them others like themselves.