Recently, I was reading a passage which I encountered with the following sentence:

All things in an ecosystem are connected with one another.

While, If I was the author of this sentence, I would write each other instead of one another.

Which one is more appropriate or what's the difference between them?

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    There's no difference. The compound reciprocal pronouns "each other" and "one another" are semantically equivalent.
    – BillJ
    Commented Jan 21, 2020 at 19:40
  • @BillJ Thanks for your guidance. Commented Jan 21, 2020 at 19:44

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With ‘each other’ the sentence could mean that every pair of things has a link; with ‘one another’ it could mean only that each thing has a link with some other thing.

But where this distinction is intended I would expect it to be worded more explicitly.

  • Thanks for the response. Thus, since the sentence is about a chain, and with your answer one another is better, isn't it? continue of the sentence: These connections come through food and energy. The energy comes from the Sun. Plants use the energy in sunlight to make food. Commented Jan 22, 2020 at 5:01

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