My friends and I were crazy about marbles in elementary school; we even had a favorite one each.

My friends and I were crazy about marbles in elementary school; each of us even had a favorite one.

What's the correct (or most common) construction? And why?

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    ...we each had a favorite one, even. I didn't downvote, but I can guess why this question might have attracted a downvote. What makes you think there's a "correct" or "most common" construction? We get too many questions like this one: two phrasings, A & B, asking which is the "correct" one. It's a proofreading request, really. Moreover, there are many correct ways to word this – everyone had a favorite marble; every one of us had a personal favorite; no one was without a favorite; who didn't have a favorite? – with so many good choices, who cares which of your two is "most common?"
    – J.R.
    Commented Oct 11, 2015 at 10:39
  • @J.R. : Methinks those are given out in some English courses or books, with the goal to introduce a more idiomatic use to the reader/student... In this very example "a favorite one each" at the end of a sentence does not sound natural, at least to my ear. Commented Oct 11, 2015 at 12:26
  • @Victor - If these come from a book, the O.P. should say so. If they come from the O.P.'s head, that should be stated as well. This user has asked too many questions in this form, like 70511, 70416, 70025, 69579, 65404, 60969, etc. This kind of A-vs-B question is getting all too common and stale.
    – J.R.
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 1:02
  • Yes, I thought about the sentences myself. Since I didn't get downvotes before (and got upvotes instead), I thought the questions were okay.
    – wyc
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 2:02
  • You got upvotes on some of those questions. Many have no votes at all, suggesting a lukewarm reception at best. I think many of your questions could be more interesting and useful if you spent a little bit more time telling us where you got the material from, and did a better job of figuring out the root issue, instead of just asking us to pick one of two choices.
    – J.R.
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 21:21

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It is a matter of taste! both of the sentences you have written are right.

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