Examples of Distributive Adjectives
A distributive adjective is a describing word that refers to separate things. — Grammar Book
Distributive adjectives such as, “each,” “every,” “either,” “neither,” and “any,” are describing words that refer to specific things out of a group. See examples below.
Every student is asked to bring a jotter. Does any of you have a pencil?
Rules Governing Distributive Adjectives
Each is used when reference is made to the individuals forming any group. Each may also be used when the number of the group is limited and definite.
Examples include: Five members were seated on each chair. I was in Shimla for five days and it rained each day.
Every is used when reference is made to total group or when the number is definite.
Examples include: Every seat was taken. I go to the movies every week. Leap year falls in every fourth year.
Each, either, neither and every are always followed by the singular noun, as is the case below:
Each boy must take his turn. Every word of it is false. Neither accusation is true.