Heard this sentence in a movie:

And every last one of them trying to achieve it all.

What's the difference between the phrases:

  • Every last one of them
  • Every one of them
  • Each one of them
  • every last x of y is just an emphatic way of saying it. And generally, spoken not written. – Lambie Jan 30 '18 at 16:04
  • The question Where did the expression “every last one” come from? was asked on ELU several years ago. But nobody can really explain exactly how last came to be there. It's just a "fixed idiomatic expression" that's generally seen as more emphatic. As to every one and each one, they're just equivalent ways of saying the same thing (but note that we don't normally say each last one of them). – FumbleFingers Jan 30 '18 at 16:09
  • Guys, can you put your really good answers into the field for answers, please? – tenebris2020 Jan 30 '18 at 16:24
  • @FumbleFingers your comment was helpful. Thanks :) – Haritdeep Singh Jan 30 '18 at 17:31
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    @tenebris2020 If you see a good comment, copy/paste it into an answer and reap the reward for yourself. Usually I add a couple of examples where helpful, and give credit to the person who wrote the comment, but otherwise it's a perfectly acceptable solution. – Andrew Jan 30 '18 at 19:56

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