Somebody vs. Everybody

'Somebody' and 'everybody' are both what we call indefinite pronouns. Here, we will learn about their similarities and differences.

Main Difference

'Somebody' refers to one unspecified person, and 'everybody' refers to all the people in general or in a specific group.

Somebody called and asked to talk to Mary.

Make sure to call everybody and invite them to the party.

Somebody: Uses

We use 'somebody' in positive statements, not in questions.
HOWEVER, we can use 'somebody' in requests and in offers, which are two special categories of questions.

Somebody: in Positive Statements

I know somebody who could drive us to the mall.

Somebody: in Request Questions

Can somebody help me?

Somebody: in Offer Questions

Would you like to talk to somebody?

Everybody: Uses

We use 'everybody' to refer to all people related to a particular situation or a group. It just depends on the group or the situation.

Everybody in our class got an A!

The particular group in this example is a class.

Everybody agreed to what the boss said at the latest meeting.

The particular group in this example is an office.

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