everyone


everyone
everyone
as an indefinite pronoun meaning the same as everybody, is now regularly spelt as one word. This convention is surprisingly recent (20c); the OED (in 1894) preferred every one (two words), while Fowler (1926) presented a spirited argument in favour of the linked form everyone. As with everybody, everyone takes a singular verb but can be followed by a plural pronoun or possessive in the continuation of the sentence to denote neutrality of gender:

• Everyone then looked about them silently, in suspense and expectation —W. H. Mallock, 1877

• Everyone was absorbed in their own business —A. Motion, 1989

• The classical allegories look like surreal school outings in which everyone got to take their clothes off, and then was sorry —M. Vaizey, 1991.

See agreement 4. Unlike every one written as two words (see every 4), everyone refers only to people.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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