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Unit vs. Each: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
"Unit" refers to a single, distinct element of something larger, often part of a system, while "each" signifies every individual member of a group or set.
Unit vs. Each

Key Differences

"Unit" is used to refer to a single component of a larger entity, system, or assembly, highlighting its role as part of a bigger whole. "Each" emphasizes individual members within a group, focusing on them one by one.
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"Unit" implies a singular, often functional element of a larger structure or system, like a unit in a building complex. "Each" refers to every single one, individually, within a group or series.
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The term "unit" often has a technical or systemic connotation, used in contexts like mathematics, science, and technology. "Each" is more universal, used in everyday language to single out members of a set or group.
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"Unit" conveys a sense of functionality and integration within a system. "Each" has a distributive property, focusing on the individual elements of a collection or group.
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"Unit" is commonly used in measurements and quantifications as a standard or basic measure. "Each" is used in counting and distribution, emphasizing the individual count or allocation.
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Comparison Chart

Context

Technical, systemic
Universal, everyday
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Implication

Singular element of a larger system
Every individual member of a group
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Usage

In measurements, units of a system
In counting, allocation per individual
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Connotation

Functional, integrative
Distributive, individual
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Example

"Unit in a machine", "Unit of measure"
"Each person", "Each item"
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Unit and Each Definitions

Unit

An individual, group, structure, or other entity regarded as an elementary structural or functional constituent of a whole.
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Each

Indicating a distribution to every member of a group.
The teacher gave a book to each child.
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Unit

A group regarded as a distinct entity within a larger group.
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Each

Every single one of two or more entities, considered individually.
Each student in the class received a certificate.
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Unit

A mechanical part or module.
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Each

Used to refer to members of a group as individuals.
Each employee has a unique ID number.
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Unit

An entire apparatus or the equipment that performs a specific function.
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Each

Signifying every one in a group, without exception.
Each of the cakes was decorated differently.
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Unit

A precisely specified quantity in terms of which the magnitudes of other quantities of the same kind can be stated.
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Each

Referring to every one of a series or group, one by one.
Each door in the hallway was a different color.
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(Medicine) The quantity of a vaccine, serum, drug, or other agent necessary to produce a specific effect.
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Each

Being one of two or more considered individually; every
Each person cast a vote. My technique improved with each lesson.
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A fixed amount of scholastic study used as a basis for calculating academic credits, usually measured in hours of classroom instruction or laboratory work.
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Each

For or to each one; apiece
Ten cents each.
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Unit

A section of an academic course focusing on a selected theme
A unit on Native Americans.
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Each

All; every; qualifying a singular noun, indicating all examples of the thing so named seen as individual or separate items (compare every).
Make sure you wash each bowl well.
The sun comes up each morning and sets each night.
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Unit

The number immediately to the left of the decimal point in the Arabic numeral system.
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Each

For one; apiece; per.
The apples cost 50 cents each.
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Unit

The lowest positive whole number; one.
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Each

Every one/thing individually or one by one.
I'm going to give each of you a chance to win.
From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.
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Unit

An element of a ring with a multiplicative inverse.
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Each

An individual item: the least quantitative unit in a grouping.
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(mathematics) Oneness, singularity, seen as a component of a whole number; a magnitude of one.
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Each

Every one of the two or more individuals composing a number of objects, considered separately from the rest. It is used either with or without a following noun; as, each of you or each one of you.
It is a bad thing that men should hate each other; but it is far worse that they should contract the habit of cutting one another's throats without hatred.
Let eachHis adamantine coat gird well.
In each cheek appears a pretty dimple.
Then draw we nearer day by day,Each to his brethren, all to God.
The oak and the elm have each a distinct character.
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Unit

(sciences) A standard measure of a quantity.
The centimetre is a unit of length.
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Each

Every; - sometimes used interchangeably with every.
I know each lane and every alley green.
In short each man's happiness depends upon himself.
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Unit

The number one.
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Each

(used of count nouns) every one considered individually;
Each person is mortal
Each party is welcome
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Unit

Ellipsis of international unit
This pill provides 500 units of Vitamin E.
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Each

To or from every one of two or more (considered individually);
They received $10 each
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Unit

An organized group comprising people and/or equipment.
He was a member of a special police unit.
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Unit

A member of a military organization.
The fifth tank brigade moved in with 20 units. (i.e., 20 tanks)
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Unit

(commerce) An item which may be sold singly.
We shipped nearly twice as many units this month as last month.
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Unit

Any piece of equipment, such as an appliance, power tool, stereo system, computer, tractor, or machinery.
This air-conditioner is the most efficient unit we sell.
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A measure of housing equivalent to the living quarters of one household; an apartment where a group of apartments is contained in one or more multi-storied buildings or a group of dwellings is in one or more single storey buildings, usually arranged around a driveway.
The new apartment complex will have 50 units.
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Any military element whose structure is prescribed by competent authority, such as a table of organization and equipment; specifically, part of an organization.
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An organization title of a subdivision of a group in a task force.
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Unit

A standard or basic quantity into which an item of supply is divided, issued, or detailed. In this meaning, also called unit of issue.
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With regard to Reserve Components of the Armed Forces, denotes a Selected Reserve unit organized, equipped, and trained for mobilization to serve on active duty as a unit or to augment or be augmented by another unit. Headquarters and support functions without wartime missions are not considered units.
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Unit

(algebra) The identity element, neutral element.
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(algebra) An element having an inverse, an invertible element; an associate of the unity.
Regular element
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(category theory) In an adjunction, a natural transformation from the identity functor of the domain of the left adjoint functor to the composition of the right adjoint functor with the left adjoint functor.
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(geology) A volume of rock or ice of identifiable origin and age range that is defined by the distinctive and dominant, easily mapped and recognizable petrographic, lithologic or paleontologic features (facies) that characterize it.
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(UK) A unit of alcohol.
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Unit

One kilowatt-hour (as recorded on an electricity meter).
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(historical) A gold coin of the reign of James I, worth twenty shillings.
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A work unit.
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A physically large person.
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A penis, especially a large one.
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Unit

For each unit.
We have to keep our unit costs down if we want to make a profit.
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Unit

(mathematics) Having a size or magnitude of one.
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Unit

A single thing or person.
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Unit

The least whole number; one.
Units are the integral parts of any large number.
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Unit

A gold coin of the reign of James I., of the value of twenty shillings.
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Unit

Any determinate amount or quantity (as of length, time, heat, value) adopted as a standard of measurement for other amounts or quantities of the same kind.
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Unit

A single thing, as a magnitude or number, regarded as an undivided whole.
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Unit

Any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange;
The dollar is the United States unit of currency
A unit of wheat is a bushel
Change per unit volume
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Unit

An individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole;
The reduced the number of units and installations
The word is a basic linguistic unit
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Unit

An organization regarded as part of a larger social group;
The coach said the offensive unit did a good job
After the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit
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Unit

A single undivided whole;
An idea is not a unit that can be moved from one brain to another
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Unit

A single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else;
Units of nucleic acids
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Unit

An assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity;
How big is that part compared to the whole?
The team is a unit
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Unit

A single, complete, and separate entity.
Each unit in the apartment complex has its own balcony.
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Unit

A standard measure used in a system.
The unit of measurement for length is the meter.
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Unit

A subdivision of a larger organization.
She works in the marketing unit of the company.
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Unit

An individual item or component.
Each computer unit is assembled carefully.
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Unit

A module or part of a course or curriculum.
Unit 3 of the textbook covers ancient history.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is "each" always singular?

Yes, "each" is used with singular nouns and pronouns.
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What does "unit" mean?

A unit is an individual item, part of a series, or a measure of quantity.
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Can "unit" refer to measurements?

Yes, in mathematics and science, a unit can refer to a standard measure, like a meter or kilogram.
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Can "unit" mean a group of people?

Yes, in military or organizational contexts, a unit can mean a group functioning as a single entity.
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What is a "unit" in real estate?

In real estate, a unit often refers to a single apartment or house in a larger building or complex.
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What is an example of "unit" in economics?

In economics, a unit can refer to a single item of a product, like a unit of stock.
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How is "each" used in a sentence?

"Each" is used to refer to every one of two or more individuals or items, considered separately.
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How does "each" emphasize individuality?

"Each student had a different answer."
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What's a "unit" in education?

In education, a unit can refer to a single course or segment of curriculum.
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How does "each" differ from "every"?

"Each" focuses on individuals, while "every" emphasizes the entire group as a whole.
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Is "each" used with countable or uncountable nouns?

"Each book on the shelf."
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Can "unit" refer to a part of something larger?

Yes, a unit can be a component of a larger entity, like a unit in a modular sofa.
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How is "each" used to show equality?

"Each member has an equal vote."
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Can "each" be used with dual subjects?

"Each eye had a different color."
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Does "each" have a plural form?

No, "each" is always singular; "each of" can precede a plural noun, though.
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Is "each" used only for small numbers?

No, "each" can be used for any number, emphasizing individual attention to items or persons.
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Does "each" imply distribution?

"Each person received a slice of cake."
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Is a "unit" always a physical object?

No, a unit can also refer to abstract concepts, like a unit of thought.
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Can "unit" be used in finance?

Yes, in finance, a unit can refer to shares or other financial instruments.
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What is a "unit" in computing?

In computing, a unit can refer to a part of software or hardware, like a storage unit.
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