What is the difference between jedwed-, jeglich- and jed-? In my dictionary all three mean 'any'. And in what context are they used? Are they interchangeable?

  • Hallo! Like for example : Jedes/Jegliches/ Jedwedes Haus ist mir schön. Dec 6 '13 at 22:25
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    Go with jeder when talking about countable things: "Jedes Kind", "Jeder Mensch", "Jede Idee", "Jede Frage", "Jedes Auto", "Jeder Versuch", "Jeder Schrank". But use jegliche when talking about uncountable things: "Jeglicher Zweifel", "Jegliche Art", "Jegliche Liebe", "Jegliche Möbel", "Jeglicher Strom", "Jegliches Geld". Forget about "jedweder" altogether.
    – Em1
    Dec 6 '13 at 22:36
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    @em1 but it's such a beautiful word... why should he forget about it??
    – Vogel612
    Dec 6 '13 at 23:35
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    Remember, remember jedweder November.
    – Toscho
    Dec 7 '13 at 15:09

OK, I'll try a more general reply:

jeder, jede, jedes = every. This is the normal word to use.

jeglicher, jegliche, jegliches = any, somewhat higher register and (slightly?) dated, quite often used in the negative: Der Sprecher enthielt sich jeglichen Kommentars. Jegliche Hilfe kam zu spät. The "no exceptions whatsoever" aspect is highlighted. Can be safely replaced by "alle" or "jeder/-r/-s", as a rule.

jedweder, jedwede, jedwedes: ~ "each and every". Very stilted, might be used in contracts and such, certainly not in everyday conversation. Learners of German probably should stay clear.

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