Is it wrong to say "every line has ten trees"? Should I use "each" instead of "every" ?

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    Both are fine. There is nothing wrong with "every". There is at most a nuance. "Each" is a little more of a focus on each individual line, while "every" means each line, but refers to them more as a collection of individual lines; a little more of an added focus on the fact that there is more than one. – fixer1234 Apr 5 '17 at 18:39
  • I suppose you mean "a row of trees". – user3169 Apr 5 '17 at 19:25

It is correct if what you mean is

every (single) line has ten trees

which is how it would be understood, "every single" is idiomatically equivalent to "all" or

all the lines have ten trees

which would have the same understanding as

each line (of trees) has ten trees


each and every line has ten trees.

gets used for clarity and emphasis but a slightly verbose.

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