I read this question on facebook,

A man and his wife have three sons and every of the sons has a sister. How many members are there in the family ?
A. 8
B. 10
C. 6
D. 12

I've never heard of the construction of type, every of the... What does it mean? Does it mean each of the...?

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    It's not idiomatic English: we say each of the sons or every one of the sons. ... By the way, the answer is 6. Dec 27, 2014 at 13:56
  • @StoneyB The phrase "every of the sons" is incorrect, right?
    – user31782
    Dec 27, 2014 at 14:04
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    Right, it is incorrect. Or 'Correct, it is wrong'. Dec 27, 2014 at 14:05
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    @JoeDark Nope. Two parents, three sons, one daughter, who is sister to each of the sons. Gotcha! Dec 27, 2014 at 15:06
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    @user31782 We don't, I was satirically emphasizing my own stupidity at getting the question wrong. ¦Þ
    – Joe Dark
    Dec 27, 2014 at 15:24

1 Answer 1


Not everything you find on the Internet is authentic or genuine, especially social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter where people take all liberty in writing English. The perfect example is the one that you quoted in your sentence.

As StoneyB says, the idiomatic sentence will be...

"...and each of the sons/every one of the sons has a sister. How many members are there in the family?"

To confirm the usage of words, I suggest you searching for the news articles on the Internet or COCA

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