In the following sentence, a plural noun came after "each of."
Each of the companies supports a local charity.

However, I heard only a singular noun can come after "each type of."
Could you give me a logical explanation why it is so?
In addition, I would like to know the case of "every type of."
What kind of noun can come after it, singular or plural or even both?
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It's, IMO, mainly about the meaning of "type."

Think about this:

The type of company involved in such shady business is rare.

One can't quite imagine it written:

*The type of companies involved in such shady business is rare.

"Type of" talks about something which is generic, and when talking about generic, one normally uses the singular:

The apple is a fruit.

and much more rarely the plural:

Apples are a fruit.


b : one (as an object, a person, or a kind of entity) that possesses or exemplifies qualities of a higher category : MODEL, EXEMPLAR

Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged.

Even more, "each" shows/promotes the individual, thus the singular again.
Yes, Yun, this is true: ‘each type of’ has a singular noun following it. These examples are from the New York Times

• …each type of bean adds an interesting layer of flavor and the lentils really interesting nutty flavor. The fresh vegetables add a nice ...

• Moreover, h1b workers do NOT "deflate" salary, because there is salary floor set by US govt itself, for each type of position occupied by h1b workers...

• There are 29 forms from which to choose, one for each type of problem ranging from chest pain to a skin rash to an apparent assault. ...

• And the epigenome is involved not just in defining what genes are accessible in each type of cell, but also in controlling when the ...

• It is expected that each type of modified animal will require a separate approval, with the F.D.A. evaluating the human health effects of ...

• Knowing exactly how much carbon each type of land use sequesters is crucial for the envisioned international program. ...

The sentences above all have singular count nouns with ‘each type of.’ Of course, ‘each type of’ can be followed by a noncount noun, too, without any problem:

• …each type of rice yields a different amount when cooked. Basmati expands to three times its original volume, so one cup of rice would feed ...

• …each type of equipment has a different design. It is your job as a passenger to check out where the exits are, doors, windows, ...


So, then, a plural count noun does not correctly follow the phrase ‘each type of.’

A logical explanation? Well, 'each type' is meant to indicate one example of something generic. It refers to that one example to represent the whole.

The same logic applies to 'every type.'

Of course, we would use the plural with types, and a word like 'all' to go with it:

  • She likes all types of music.
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    And about the topic being discussed: I remember we had a similar discussion on "type of" + plural or singular nouns. I couldn't find it, but I found another one:
    We could use "type of" + a singular or plural noun.

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