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is an order of the words correct in the middle of this sentence? "A board was stretched over each the grave and people, in groups of 10, were standing on it."

Shouldn't it be over the each grave?

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    We don't combine "the" and "each". Either one of these words sufficiently qualifies the noun; together, they clash. google.com/… – Brian Hitchcock Jul 11 '15 at 11:48
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the doesn't belong here - there is more than one grave so with 'the grave' it would never be clear which one is meant.

Correct would be to say

A board was stretched over each grave and people, in groups of 10, were standing on it.

Or:

A board was stretched over each of the graves and people, in groups of 10, were standing on it.

  • But if there were only one grave, you'd say "A board was stretched over the grave, etc." – WhatRoughBeast Jul 11 '15 at 21:29
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"each" is an article word, that is it takes the postion of the article "the". You can't use two article words.

Not: the a man, the each boy, each the boy.

Such combinations are nonsense. If you understand the meaning of "the/a/each" it is not difficult to see why you don't use two article words before a noun.

  • Now I see it, thank you. The same case is with indefinite article "a" and numeral "one" There is either "a boy" or "one boy" not "a one boy" – Justyna Nogala Jul 12 '15 at 8:47

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