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chaque, tous, toutes etc.

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chaque, tous, toutes etc. -  each and every

CHAQUE and TOUS/TOUTES LES are pretty much interchangeable. They both mean ‘every’.

However, if you need to make a difference, I’d say that

  • CHAQUE is singular and means ‘each, each and every, every single’
  • TOUS/TOUTES LES is plural and means ‘all’ and is also used for expressing a frequency

One thing to keep in mind though: in French, it’s more common to use TOUS/TOUTES LES than CHAQUE.

À chaque Mardi-Gras, je vais à Nice. At every single Mardi-Gras, I go to Nice.
Je vais à toutes les fêtes. I’m going to all of the parties.
Je vais au piano tous les mardis. I go to piano class every Tuesday.
Chaque personne ici parle français. Each single person here speaks French.
Tous les gens ici parlent français. Everyone here speaks French.
Il voudrait aller à un concert toutes les semaines. He’d like to go to a concert every week.
Il voudrait aller à un concert chaque semaine. He’d like to go to a concert every (single) week.
Nous pensons à chaque détail. We’re thinking about each detail.
Nous pensons à tous les détails. We’re thinking about all the details.
On prendra chaque photo en noir et blanc. We’ll take every picture in black and white.
On prendra toutes les photos en noir et blanc. We’ll take all the pictures in black and white

 

Related: TOUT, TOUTE, ETC. .

 

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