I came across this sentence in The Wizard of Oz Vocab Builder:

The water-skier generally maintained an upright position but hunkered down at each curve and before each ramp.

Why curve and ramp are in their singular forms here? It's more reasonable to encounter many curves and ramps, furthermore, isn't it by using "each", it automatically indicates there are many? Or is it just a typo?


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Each does imply there is more than one, however each also signifies they are considered one-by-one, the same as every

at each curve and before each ramp
at every curve and before every ramp
at each and every curve and before each and every ramp

all three are equivalent in meaning, though there is greater emphasis in the last one
the plural would be used when referring to curves and ramps collectively:

at all curves and before all ramps

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