Everybody and Everyone


A subscriber to Writing Tips for a Year asks the following question:

Is there a difference in meaning if one writes EVERYTIME and another writes EVERY TIME? Which is the correct way of writing? This would likewise apply to: EVERYBODY, EVERYONE.

This is a great question, so I’m sharing it, and our response, here.

The short answer is “yes.”

Are the penguins cold? Yes, every one is cold.

Are the penguins cold? Yes, every one is cold.

To be more specific, “everytime” is not a word. This should always be written “every time.”

However, “every body” and “everybody” are both correct, depending on what you are trying to communicate. This is the same for “every one” and everyone.”

If you are trying to describe something about multiple bodies, but you want to describe them as separate items, you can use “every body.” Here, you are writing about the bodies as individual, single items.
Ex: “Every body that we found was burned beyond recognition.” This is the same as writing “each body.”

You use “every one” in the same way you use “every body.”
Ex: “I burned the cookies, so I threw every one away.” This is the same as writing “each one.”

If you are trying to describe something about a group of people (not as individuals, but collectively), then you can use “everybody.” Here, you are writing about people (only) as a collective group.
Ex: “Everybody loves chocolate.”

You use “everyone” in the same way you use “everybody.”
Ex: “Everyone loves chocolate.”

Note: “Everyone” and “Everybody” only apply to people.


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