each other and one another

1. Each other and one another mean the same.

  • Mary and I write to each other/ one another every day
  • They sat without looking at each other/one another.

2. There is a possessive each other’s/ one another’s

  • We often borrow each other’s clothes.
  • They stood looking into one another’s eyes

Each other/ one another are not used as subjects

  • We must each listen carefully to what the other says
    (NOT we must listen carefully to what each other say.)

3. Note the difference between each other/ one another and
ourselves/yourselves/themselves.

Compare:

  • They were looking at each other
    (= Each person was looking at the other)
  • They ware looking at themselves
    (= Each person was looking at him or herself)

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