- everyoneas 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.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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