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The meaning of sentences like "every circle is blue" could be represented in speakers’ minds in terms of groups (e.g., the blue things include the circles) or individuals (e.g., for each thing that’s a circle, it’s blue). I’ll present some experimental evidence from adults that sentences with "every" are represented in terms of groups and sentences with "each" are represented in terms of individuals. Then, I’ll show that this effect is present as soon as kids know the meanings of the words each and every. Lastly, I’ll present some stimuli for a planned experiment with infants, looking for the precursors of these two types of quantification.