Everybody vs. Everyone in English Grammar

What Is the Difference between 'Everybody' and 'Everyone'?

What is the difference between 'everyone' and 'everybody'? 'Everyone' and 'everybody' have the same meaning in dictionaries. But are they really the same?

Everybody vs. Everyone

Everybody knows who he is .

Everyone knows who he is .

'Everybody' and 'everyone' have the same meaning. They both mean 'every person, all people' One of their differences is that 'everybody' is more informal than 'everyone'. Therefore, 'everybody' is used more often than 'everyone' in spoken language.

There is another difference between these two indefinite pronouns, that is a bit more complicated. Consider these two sentences:

Her name was Elizabeth but everyone called him Liz .

'One' refers to a person from the group of all of the people that we know in our lives. It could be any person that we know of. So, in the example above, 'everyone' refers to all the people that know Liz and are part of Liz's social group.

Everybody likes a good burger and cheese sandwich .

'Body' refers to a person from the whole population of the world. So, subconsciously English speakers probably use 'one' when they might know the person(s) and 'body' when it could be a person that they are not expecting or do not know.

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