Some types of nouns feel ungrammatical in “His every [noun]”?

Abstract nouns, specifically nouns related to feelings, feel natural:

Set A: His every {whim, desire, need, wish} should be satisfied by the council.

However, concrete nouns feel wrong.

Set B: His every {photograph, watch, “piece of jewelry”} was placed in the safety deposit box.

Are the examples in “Set B” grammatically correct? If not, could you point me in the right direction to learn more about why they are ungrammatical?

Thank you.

Edit: How about a more clear example (without the passive voice)

Set C: “His every song is good” (said another way, “I think all of his songs are good.”)


The second sentence is grammatically correct though the passive form sounds rather formal.

The possiblity of the Passive Voice here can be illustrated by an example from

She was placed in the Dublin penitentiary for dealing in drugs by telephone.

There are some more examples but all of them are of the context.

In your case I would use the Active Voice (for example, to place, to put) or just the verb ‘to be’.

But if the formal style is appropriate for the usage, you can use your sentence.

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