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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Stuart's Daily Word Spot: Each other or one another?


In formal writing, when more than two things are being discussed, ‘one another’ is often preferred. But, in fact, according to Fowler's Modern English Usage, either phrase can be used. They are interchangeable and the choice becomes one of personal taste.

‘Penny and Prudence were always arguing, getting at each other by any means possible so that their friendship was constantly in doubt.’

‘Fred and Josh were the best of friends and would lend one another any gadget or item of clothing without hesitation.’

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