Everyone vs. Every One | Difference, Examples & Quiz
Everyone and every one are pronounced the same but have different meanings.
- Everyone (one word) is an indefinite pronoun meaning “everybody.” It’s pronounced with the stress on the first syllable only: [ev-ry-one].
- Every one (two words) is a phrase used to refer to each individual or thing in a group, usually followed by “of.” It’s pronounced with the stress on the first and third syllables: [ev-ry-one].
|Examples: Everyone in a sentence||Examples: Every one in a sentence|
|Everyone except Joe attended the concert.||Every one of the phones has a camera.|
|Not everyone enjoys reading poetry.||Every one of Jill’s brothers is in the army.|
What does everyone mean
Everyone is an indefinite pronoun meaning the same as “everybody.” It’s treated as a singular pronoun, so it’s always used with a singular verb form. “Everyone” is only used to refer to people, not things.
What does every one mean
Every one is a phrase used to refer to each individual or thing in a group, not the group as a whole. It’s always used with a singular verb form and is typically followed by a phrase starting with the preposition “of.” It can refer to people or to things.
Worksheet: Every one vs. everyone
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