each time, every time or whenever

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  • Franzi

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    (San Francisco) English
    I agree that they're mostly interchangeable. I think the word 'each' emphasizes the individual times a little more, while the other two emphasize the fact that something always happens, but that could just be my personal take on it.
     

    iskndarbey

    Senior Member
    US, English
    'Each time' and 'every time' are roughly interchangeable, but I certainly wouldn't treat them as equivalent to 'whenever':

    "When do you want to go to the movies?" "Oh, I don't know, whenever" (Not "I don't know, each time"!)

    "Call me whenever you get off work" means something very different from "Call me every time you get off work".

    It can also be used in contexts where the other options do have an equivalent meaning of course.
     

    wolfbm1

    Senior Member
    Polish
    Here is a sentence uttered while bidding on ebay:
    1. Each time I look at the computer, the price goes up!

    I think we could also say:
    2. Every time I look at the computer, the price goes up!
    3. Whenever I look at the computer, the price goes up!

    I think that #1 reflects an individual point of view (events happening one by one), and #2 and #3 reflect a global point of view (all events).
     
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