Everyone

'Everyone' is an indefinite pronoun that refers to a total number of people. In this part, we will go through its uses and grammatical rules in English grammar.

How to Use "Everyone"

Everyone is an indefinite pronoun used to refer to a total number of people and things. In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.

'Everyone' as an Indefinite Pronoun

Use

Everyone is a universal indefinite pronoun and it refers to a total number of people or things. Take a look at the following examples:

Everyone could tell he was anxious.

Everyone deserves a long vacation.

I knew everyone in the company.

Position in a Sentence

Everyone as an indefinite pronoun replaces the subject or the object. When it is the subject, it is always used with a singular verb. For example:

Everyone is willing to follow his orders.

'Everyone' is the subject.

Everyone knows how you fell in love.

Every One + of

Every one is a noun phrase and almost always followed by of + noun/ noun phrase/ pronoun. It is used when referring to each member of a group. It has the same meaning as 'each person.' Take a look at the following examples:

Every one of us has our secrets.

Every one of my students is extremely talented.

'My students' is a noun phrase.

Other words can be added between 'every' and 'one' in this structure. Take a look at the following examples:

Every single one of us wanted to be here with you.

Negation with 'Everyone'

Everyone is a positive pronoun so in order to make it negative, there are three options:
1. 'Not' heads the sentence before everyone.
2. Anyone is used with negative verbs.
3. No one replaces everyone in negative sentences.
Take a look at the following examples:

Not everyone wants to be engaged in such activities.

Anyone is not as interested as you.

Everyone loves me but no one loves you.

Tip

Everyone can be replaced with they when it is repeated in a sentence. Accordingly, its object pronoun is them, its possessive determiner is their, and its possessive pronoun is theirs. Look:

Everyone was happy. Weren't they?

Everyone should know how to find their way.

I knew everyone in there. I talked to all of them.

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