#EngClass: Everybody – Singular or Plural?

Heyya fellas! How was your day? Did everything go as planned?

A couple of days ago, we received a question from @adt_beyhive. He asked: slide1

What do you think, fellas? Is ‘everybody’ singular or plural? Do you refer to ‘everyone’ with ‘him/her’ or ‘them’?
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Alright alright… Let’s resolve this confusion together, shall we?

First of all; ‘everybody’ is an indefinite pronoun. Indefinite pronouns refer to nonspecific persons or things. And these are indefinite pronouns: …
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We use them to refer to a total number of people, things and places. We write them as one word.

Some indefinite pronouns, despite the illogic, are always singular. One of them is ‘everybody’. Today, we’ll specifically talk about one of them… ‘everybody’.
While ‘everybody” seems like a plural noun, since it refers to a crowd of people, it is actually a singular subject. It refers to ONE group of people.
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We use ‘everybody’ with singular verbs.
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When we want to refer back to ‘everybody’ and we don’t know if it’s a group of males or females, we use ‘him or her’ and ‘his or her’.
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Okay, fellas. We hereby determine that ‘everybody’ is singular.
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Now, how many of you have HEARD of people referring back to ‘everybody’ by using ‘them‘?

As mentioned above, despite being illogical, it is grammatically correct to treat ‘everybody’ as singular, especially in formal English.

However, when people talk, logic wins, so you will hear plural pronouns such as ‘them’. We use ‘them’ in informal conversations.
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Anyone confused yet? So is ‘everybody’ singular or plural? Let’s clarify things up, shall we?
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I hope that last image helped solve the confusion, fellas. And thanks for tuning in to today’s

I’m afraid that’s the end of today’s session. But, feel free to mention us if you have any question. We’ll solve it together. :)

 

Compiled and written by @miss_qiak for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

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