Each other or One another

Each other or One another


Each other is used when there are two people or other entities and denotes a reciprocal relation between them. One another refers to relationship when there are more than two people or entities.

E.g.

The twins hate each other so much that they dislike wearing the same clothes.

Or, Mr Gupta, Mr Pandey and Mr Sharma, neighbours on the same street are not friendly with one other.

Test your understanding - Choose the correct sentence from the pair of sentences given below

1.
a. Triplets usually love one another.
b. Triplets usually love each other.

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ANSWER: Triplets usually love one another.



2.
a. India and China are usually at loggerheads with each other because China is trying to grab land that belongs to India.
b. India and China are usually at loggerheads with one another because China is trying to grab land that belongs to India.
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ANSWER: a. India and China are usually at loggerheads with each other because China is trying to grab land that belongs to India.



3.
a. Infosys and CSC are constantly vying with one another to reach the top spot in relation to the number of clients they have.
b. Infosys and CSC are constantly vying with each other to reach the top spot in relation to the number of clients they have.

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ANSWER: b. Infosys and CSC are constantly vying with each other to reach the top spot in relation to the number of clients they have.



4.
a. The players of the cricket team were fighting with one another claiming that each was better suited to be the captain of the team.
b. The players of the cricket team were fighting with each other claiming that each was better suited to be the captain of the team.

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ANSWER: a. The players of the cricket team were fighting with one another claiming that each was better suited to be the captain of the team.



5.
a. Instead of arguing with each other, why don’t the two of you take a test to see who is better?
b. Instead of arguing with one another, why don’t the two of you take a test to see who is better?

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ANSWER: a. Instead of arguing with each other, why don’t the two of you take a test to see who is better?


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