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  ENGLISH GRAMMAR for ESL learners  


What is the difference and when are they used?

Everyone and every one can be confusing for learners of English.
Everyone and every one sound similar but they have different meanings.


Everyone means ‘everybody’ and is used to refer to all the people within a group.
  • Can you show everyone where the food is?
  • Make show you give everyone your new address.
  • Everyone listened attentively to the announcement.
  • The new regulations will apply to everyone.
  • Everyone congratulated Tom on the success of his book.
Everyone takes a singular verb:
  • Sit down. Everyone is looking at you!
  • Everyone in my family likes ice-cream.
  • Everyone enjoys a joke.
  • Everyone was looking for a place to sit.
  • Everyone admires the firework display.
Everyone only refers to living things.
(To refer to non-living things we use 'everything'.)


When written as two words every one has a similar meaning to 'each' or  ‘each one’ and refers to each individual within the group, every single person or thing.

Every one (not everyone) is often followed by 'of'.
  • I would like to thank every one of  you for your help.
  • The boss explained the situation to every one of  the employees.
  • Every one of  her ideas is worth considering.
Every one can also be used without 'of':
  • The first group of runners arrived ... magnificent athletes every one.
  • I have seven grandchildren. Every one is dear to me.
  • I have no more copies in stock. I have sold every one.
Every one can be used with non-living things:
  • Every one of the grapes was bitter.
  • Every one of  the eggs was cracked.
  • Every one of  the copies must be registered.

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