Are you and your boyfriend or girlfriend in love with ‘eachother’ or ‘each other’? Wondering what the correct spelling of the term is? We’ll discuss that in more detail in this article. Plus, we’ll teach you how to use the phrase in a sentence.
The short answer is that the correct way to spell the phrase is ‘each other.’ The words require a space between them because they’re two separate words, unlike phrases like everyday, which can be used both together or apart (and they mean somewhat different things).
This is a question a lot of new English speakers have: is it ‘eachother’ or ‘each other’? The answer is that it’s ‘each other,’ as we’ve discussed briefly above.
So, what’s the difference between the two? Well, one term is correct, and the other isn’t. Spelling it ‘eachother’ is ungrammatical. Avoid that at all costs.
You might be confused because some words are shoved together, and they’re still correct, such as words like ‘everyday.’ You’d only use it like this in its adjective form, which means when you’re describing something.
But when the words are separate, you’d use the phrase differently. When the words are separate, they act as prepositional phrases.
Let’s move on to defining ‘each other’ and learning how to use it in a sentence.
Let’s break down the phrase and define each word separately and then the phrase as a whole.
The Merriam-Webster definition of the word ‘each’ is: “being one of two or more distinct individuals having a similar relation and often constituting an aggregate,” “each one,” and “to or for each.”
The Merriam-Webster definition of the word ‘other’ is: “being the one (as of two or more) remaining or not included,” “being the one or ones distinct from that or those first mentioned or implied,” “not the same: different,” “second,” “additional,” “a recent past,” “former,” and “disturbingly or threateningly different: alien, exotic.”
It’s also defined as: “a different or additional one,” “one that remains of two or more,” “a thing opposite to or excluded by something else,” and “one (such as another person) that is psychologically differentiated from the self,” and “one considered by members of a dominant group as alien, exotic, threatening, or inferior (as because of different racial, sexual, or cultural characteristics.”
The pronoun definition of the word is: “a different or additional one” and “one of two that remains.”
The Merriam-Webster definition of the phrase is: “each of two or more in reciprocal action or relation.”
Now that we’ve defined the word let’s talk about how to use the phrase in a sentence correctly.
Take a look at a few examples of how to use the phrase in a sentence:
To recap, you’d spell the phrase ‘each other’ and not ‘eachother.’ The latter doesn’t make grammatical sense. In order to be grammatical, you’d need to space the two words out so that they stand on their own.
Remember, it’s the opposite of phrases like ‘everyday,’ which can be used with the words together or apart.
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