Which is correct:

1) My every word

2) Every my word ?


In current English, every cannot be followed by another determiner, so every my word is not grammatical. It was grammatical in Early Modern English, so you will find it in Shakespeare.

My every word is fine, though I don't think many people would use it in everyday speech, apart from the idiom "hanging on my every word" (more usually used in the third person "hanging on his/her/their every word").

  • does it mean the same thing? – WendyG Apr 17 '19 at 9:04
  • I suppose it does. But as I say, the first is not grammatical in current English. – Colin Fine Apr 17 '19 at 14:32
  • just interested if the meaning had changed, as some things that sound like they should mean the same thing don't but can't remember any examples now. – WendyG Apr 17 '19 at 15:45

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