It is not like each bowl contains all three things. It is like the first bowl contains egg, second bowl veggies, and third bowl rice.

I don't want to say it all separately. Can I say it like I did in the title?

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    Three bowls, each containing rice, egg or veggies. Sep 25 '16 at 16:06
  • Do you have three bowls in total or 12 bowls? Sep 25 '16 at 16:11
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    each and respectively do not pair well together, as their meaning is pretty much opposite. Three bowls each containing rice, eggs, and veggies (all three bowls contain these combined ingredients) versus "Three bowls containing rice, eggs, and veggies, respectively (one bowl has rice, one has eggs, and one has veggies). Sep 25 '16 at 16:22

three bowls each containing rice, egg and veggies, respectively

In each X of Y or X { [that] | for } each {verb} Y, X and Y have to be one thing. No "splitting" like you are trying to do will work.

So don't use each:

I have three bowls that respectively contain rice, egg, and veggies.

This, while correct can catch a listener or reader off guard. Adding then in this way will drive home the point that you mean three separate bowls a little better.

I have three bowls that respectively contain rice, egg, and then veggies.


I have three bowls: one containing rice, one containing eggs and one containing veggies.

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    Please edit to include an explanation of why this is correct; answers without explanation do not teach the patterns of the language well.
    – ColleenV
    Sep 25 '16 at 16:26

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