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# Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems,

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02 May 2011, 00:44
nick_sun wrote:
Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, consists of tens of thousands of ideographic characters, each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its own square frame.

(A) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(B) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(C) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(D) every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(E) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their

The choices C, D and E are wrong for their own disagreements. Between choice A and B, B is definitely weird. So answer is A.

Now for difference between each and every:

1) They both can be used together and individually in a sentence. As per my understanding when we use every we are mostly referring to every one in a group, whereas each refers to every one separately.
2) Each is used more on human side whereas every is used more on things side.

Each human is better than every human . Every time is better than each time.

They are very much similar in meaning but make a noticeable difference when they are used together.
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02 May 2011, 10:17
a miniature calligraphic composition - will describe a singular entity.
A fits in perfectly.
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22 Sep 2011, 09:02
nick_sun wrote:
Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, consists of tens of thousands of ideographic characters, each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its own square frame.

(A) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(B) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(C) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(D) every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(E) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their

Each refers to a plural noun phrase "tens of thousands of ideographic characters", then why there is no problem with "Each"?
I understand "B" is wrong because "a miniature" is wrong in "all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside their"
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26 Apr 2012, 07:13
A it is and here is why:

(A) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its

(B) all the characters {awkward} a miniature calligraphic composition inside their{Wrong pronoun should be its}

(C) all the characters {awkward} a miniature calligraphic composition inside its

(D) every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their{Wrong pronoun should be its}

(E) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their{Wrong pronoun should be its}

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26 Apr 2012, 09:42
nick_sun wrote:
Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, consists of tens of thousands of ideographic characters, each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its own square frame.

(A) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(B) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(C) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(D) every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(E) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their

(A) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
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01 Dec 2012, 06:09
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Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, consists of tens of thousands of ideographic characters, each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its own square frame.

The meaning of this sentence is easy to understand. Chinese is the most ancient of living writing systems. It consists of tens and thousands of ideographic characters. Each character is a miniature calligraphic composition inside its own square frame.

Usage of “each” is correct in this sentence. It denotes every individual character of tens and thousands of characters that the writing system has. Singular pronoun “its” also agrees in number with “each” and also the phrase “a miniature calligraphic composition”, which is singular in number, agrees in number with “each”. Hence this sentence is correct as is.

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Choice A: Correct for above mentioned reasons.

Choice B: all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside their. Incorrect. Singular phrase “a miniature calligraphic composition” has been used to refer to plural “all characters”. Again, plural pronoun “their” does not agree in number with singular “composition”.

Choice C: all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside its. Incorrect. This choice repeats the first mistake of choice B. Singular phrase “a miniature calligraphic composition” has been used to refer to plural “all characters”.

Choice D: every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their. Incorrect. Plural pronoun “their” agrees in number neither with its antecedent “every” nor with singular “composition”.

Choice E: each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their. Incorrect. Plural pronoun “their” agrees in number neither with its antecedent “each” nor with singular “composition”.

1. “All” is used for plural entities.
2. “Each” and “every” are always singular.
3. Pronouns must agree in number with their antecedents.

PS: “Each” denotes every individual entity in the collective group while “every” refers to the all the entities in that group. In this sentence, if there were a choice that read: every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its, then also this choice would be correct as it conveys the same meaning.
Hope this helps.

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Amazing..

Had there been choices which are as follows, would it have been correct? ( Is this sentence grammatically correct ? )

all the characters miniature calligraphic compositions inside their own

all the characters being miniature calligraphic compositions inside their own

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10 Dec 2013, 20:07
Friends,
In choice A, do not we need "is" between "each character" and "a miniature"?
Thanks for the explanation
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20 Dec 2013, 04:22
Hi there,

Since this is a noun + noun modifier, we don't need the verb 'is'. Adding 'is' will make the part after the comma an independent clause, and two independent clauses cannot be separated by just a comma. We would need to change the comma into a semicolon, or add a connecting word.

I hope this helps!

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04 Apr 2015, 22:40
IMO,
C,D and E can be eliminated based on pronoun agreement mismatch.

Difference between A & B boils down to Each character vs all the character. From what I have understood, when noun is match with another noun then the nouns should be in agreement. Here Each character is matched with Composition. Both singular.

All the characters ( plural noun) is matched with Composition ( singular noun). Hence wrong.
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10 Jun 2015, 02:41
Can anybody explain the structure of the words after comma:each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its ...

I can think of two options: subgroup modifier or absolute phrase (noun + noun modifier)

If the latter is the answer, then how such a construction is allowed?!

We have a noun phrase each character but without any relative pronouns or participle it is modified with another noun, a miniature calligraphic ...

How is this possible? Normally for modifying a noun we use relative pronouns or participles, but here a noun immediately has come to modify the preceding noun. Also notice that this is not an appositive.

A bit strange structure that indeed quite makes sense!
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04 Jul 2016, 01:56
[quote="nick_sun"]Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, consists of tens of thousands of ideographic characters, each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its own square frame.

(A) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(B) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(C) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(D) every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(E) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their

eliminate E D each every.......their!!!!!
eliminate c all......its!!!!!
between A and B
go with A
why? it make more sense I guess!
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