Is it OK to say, "each and every"?

One hears this expression every day. It isn't just the non-native speakers who use it, even native speakers use it frequently in their daily speech — both in formal and informal contexts.

Careful users of the language however frown when someone says "each and every". They contend that "each" or "every" is sufficient on its own. People who are fond of this expression argue that it can be used when you wish to make something doubly clear; when you wish to lay extra emphasis on something.

For example:

* I want each and every teacher to be here by 9:00 tomorrow.

* Our teacher asked us to answer each and every question in today's test.

COURTESY : The Hindu (The National News-Paper) - India

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