Is It Everyone or Everybody?

Should we use everybody or everyone? Is there a difference? Well, both everyone and everybody refer to all the people in a certain group.

The teacher ordered everyone outside for recess.

The car wasn’t big enough for everybody.

So, the meaning of the words is the same. However, it is more common to use everyone in written English and everybody in spoken English.

Both everyone and everybody can be used to refer to people in general.

Everyone deserves shelter.

Everybody will eventually die.

Use them, they, or their when you are referring back to everyone or everybody.

Will everyone please be as quiet as they can?

Everybody had their own opinions about the ending.

Everyone and everybody are both followed by the singular form of a verb.

Everyone needs to read this book.

Everybody is waiting in line.

Be careful not to mix up everyone and every one. Every one emphasizes that something is true about each one of the people or things that you are mentioning.

She watched every one of his movies.

He knew every one of his friends was cheering him on. 


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By Patrice Riley

Patrice Riley is the pen name of Dr. Deborah Riley. She is a retired English professor that enjoys grammar, literature, and all things writing.

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