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- (reciprocal pronoun) To one another; one to the other; signifies that a verb applies to two or more entities both as subjects and as direct objects:
- Maria and Robert loved each other.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, The Celebrity:
- Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: or anon we shot into a clearing, with a colored glimpse of the lake and its curving shore far below us.
2011 October 23, Phil McNulty, “Man Utd 1-6 Man City”, BBC Sport:
- It was the first time United had conceded six goals at Old Trafford since 1930, when Huddersfield won 6-0 and Newcastle 7-4 within four days of each other.
Some usage guides prescribe "each other" for two entities and "one another" for more than two; this distinction is not observed in practice. The Oxford English Dictionary describes the pronoun as referring to ‘two or more’; Fowler's suggests that the distinction ‘is neither of present utility nor based on historical usage’. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage notes that ‘A few commentators believe the rule to be followed in “formal discourse”. This belief will not bear examination: Samuel Johnson's discourse is perhaps the most formal that exists in English literature, and he has been cited in violation of the rule.’