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Each other and One Another


1 Each other and one another mean the same.

Mary and I write to each other/one another every day.

They sat without looking at each other/one another.


2 There is a possessive each other’s/one another’s.

We often borrow each other’s clothes.

They stood looking into one another’s eyes.


Each other/one another are not used as subjects.

We must each listen care fully to what the other says.

(NOT… We must listen carefully to what each other say.)


3 Note the difference between each other/one another and ourselves /yourselves / themselves. Compare:


They were looking at each other. A B each other

(= Each person was looking at the other.)


They were looking at themselves. A A themselves

B ← B

(= Each person was looking at him- or herself.)

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