Just a short grammar guide this week. While this may be a short guide, but it is about one of the most common mistakes I see when checking TOEFL essays.

You must remember that every is normally used before a singular noun. Like this:

Every house in the neighborhood is expensive.”

Or this:

“I want to eat every cookie in the box!”

Do not use a plural noun after “every.” Do not write:

Every houses in the neighborhood is expensive.”

There is one exception, however. You can use a plural noun in expressions that refer to intervals. As in:

“I still talk to him every few days.”


“We all get together every five weeks.”

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