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Unlike 每měi ‘every’, 各 gè ‘each’ only occurs with particular types of nouns, such as communities, countries, institutions, categories, etc. which may also be taken as collective measures.

Unlike 每měi, which emphasizes totality, 各 gè emphasizes individuality and may be used as a pronoun in some reduplicated structures:

各顾各

gè gù gè

each for oneself

各有各的特点

gè yǒu gè de tè diǎn

Each has its own characteristics.

各有各的想法

Gè yǒu gè de xiǎng fǎ

Each has his/her own axe to grind.

各就各位,预备,起!

Gè jiù gè wèi,yù bèi,qǐ !

On your marks; get set; go!

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
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