Uses of Distributive Phrases

Uses of Distributive Phrases :

Distributive Adjectives restrict the application of a noun by showing that the persons or things denoted by the noun are taken singly or in separate lots.

There are four Adjectives of this class : each, every, either, neither


This means one of two things or one of any number exceeding two.

1. The twenty men had each a gun.
2. All the students brought each a water-bottle.


This is never used for one of two, but always for some number exceeding two.

1. Every man (out of the twenty present) had a gun. 2. Every student brought a water-bottle.

Every six hours….
Every human being….
Every tenth student…

This means every period or space of six hours.

1. He came every five hours (=at the close of every space of five hours).
2. They made a phone-call every three minutes.


This means every alternate…

1. The doctor called to see him every other day.


This has two meanings.

(1) one of two
(2) each of two…that is both.

(i) You can take either side…that is, one side or the other.
(ii) The river overflowed on either side….that is, on both sides.

But the use of EITHER is restricted to things that are complementary or where one implies the existence of the other.

1. either side
2. either end
3. either hand

We cannot say…

1. Either car was damaged in the collision. (WRONG)
2. Every car was damaged in the collision. (RIGHT)
3. Either driver was injured. (WRONG)
4. Every driver was injured. (RIGHT)

Here we must use both.


This is the negative of EITHER and signifies NEITHER THE ONE NOR THE OTHER.

1. You should take neither side.

That is…neither this side nor that (or) neither the one side nor the other.


In these phrases we have a Distributive Adjective (each = one) combined with an Indefinite Demonstrative Adjective (other or another).

EACH OTHER is used when two persons or things are concerned.

2. The two men struck each other (that is…each man struck the other man).
3. They killed each other.
4. The boys discussed with each other.
5. The teachers helped each other.

ONE ANOTHER is used when more than two persons or things are concerned.

1. They all loved one another (that is….each person loved every other person).


  1. The Adjective
  2. An Adjective
  3. Attribute Position of Adjective
  4. Predicative Position of Adjective
  5. Kinds of Adjectives
  6. Proper Adjectives
  7. Descriptive Adjectives
  8. Quantitative Adjectives ( Adjectives of Quantity )
  9. Qualitative Adjectives ( Adjectives of Quality )
  10. Numeral Adjectives ( Adjectives of Number )
  11. Definite Numeral Adjectives
  12. Indefinite Numeral Adjectives
  13. Demonstrative Adjectives ( Demonstrative Adjective )
  14. Definite Demonstrative Adjectives
  15. Definite Demonstratives
  16. Indefinite Demonstrative Adjectives
  17. Indefinite Demonstratives
  18. Distributive Adjectives
  19. Interrogative Adjectives
  20. Exclamatory Adjectives
  21. Possessive Adjectives
  22. Possessive Determiners
  23. First Person Possessive Adjectives
  24. Second Person Possessive Adjectives
  25. Third Person Possessive Adjectives
  26. Emphasizing Adjectives
  27. Coordinate Adjectives
  28. Paired Adjectives
  29. Cumulative Adjectives
  30. Non-Coordinate Adjectives
  31. Two Uses of Adjectives
  32. Attributive Use of Adjectives
  33. Predicative Use of Adjectives
  34. The Degrees of Comparison
  35. Comparison of Adjectives
  36. Latin Comparatives of Adjectives
  37. Irregular Comparisons of Adjectives
  38. Formation of Comparatives and Superlatives
  39. Formation of Comparative and Superlative
  40. Uses of Quantitative Adjectives
  41. Uses of Numeral Adjectives
  42. Definite Numeral Quantities
  43. Uses of Demonstrative Adjectives
  44. Uses of Distributive Phrases
  45. Example Sentences with suitable Adjectives
  46. Uses of Degrees of Comparison of Adjectives
  47. Uses of Positive Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
  48. Uses of Comparative Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
  49. Uses of Superlative Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
  50. Use of The Comparative Degree
  51. OTHER after Positives and Comparatives
  52. Preferables in English Grammar
  53. Double Comparatives
  54. Double Superlatives
  55. Comparatives which have lost their force
  56. Latin Comparatives
  57. English Comparatives
  58. Adjectives used as Nouns
  59. Adjectives in Pairs
  60. Adjectives preceded by THE
  61. Position of Adjectives
  62. Adjectives Used Attributively
  63. Adjectives Used Predicatively
  64. The Adjective Clause

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