The following sentence is from New Hello, Third Secondary, Egypt.

My parents ….. have a mobile phone.
a) all       b) each       c) every       d) both

The model answer is both, but I wonder if 'each' is also a possible answer. However, is it necessary to use commas if 'each' is another possible answer, i.e My parents, each, have a mobile phone?

Thanks for anyone who can help me out!

 

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Rasha Assem posted:

My parents ….. have a mobile phone.
a) all       b) each       c) every       d) both

The model answer is both, but I wonder if 'each' is also a possible answer.

Hello, Rasha,

Yes, "each" is also a possible answer. The model answer should reflect this.

Whether you use "each" or "both," do not set the word off by commas.

The following answers are both perfectly correct:

(b) My parents each have a mobile phone.
(d) My parents both have a mobile phone.

Please note that if you use the related partitive construction with "each," the verb will need to be singular.

(e) Each of my parents has a mobile phone.
(f) Both (of) my parents have a mobile phone.

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