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DaShi
16-05-2005, 10:46:08
When do you use everyone and when do you use everybody?

Which is correct:

Everyone is creeped out by spiders crawling down their backs.

Or

Everybody is creeped out by spiders crawling down their backs.

Funko
16-05-2005, 10:47:00
I think some people are quite happy to have spiders crawling down their backs.

DaShi
16-05-2005, 10:47:44
So I should never use them?

Funko
16-05-2005, 10:48:45
I think they are interchangeable. I don't think one's more correct than the other at least.

DaShi
16-05-2005, 10:52:56
Good, that's what I've been telling Chinese English teachers. When you teach English in a foreign country, you take for granted a lot of more subtle rules and syntax and sometimes find it difficult to best explain why we speak the way we do when other ways seem just as good.

Gary
16-05-2005, 11:22:17
The English teachers should be more concerned with expressions like "creeped out" IMO :)

I have a slight preference to "one" out of the above 2, but wouldn't really look twice at either.

zmama
16-05-2005, 11:25:28
Thinking about it...

I would use everybody when speaking directly to a group...and everyone when speaking in the abstract.

Whether that is correct usage? *shrug*

mr.G
16-05-2005, 11:26:28
wooohoooo she said something schjmart.
:party: sounds all plausible

zmama
16-05-2005, 11:33:45
Oh crap


I'm dutch today???

mr.G
16-05-2005, 11:34:57
yep and i must say it suits you

MOBIUS
16-05-2005, 11:36:44
Gives a whole new meaning to the term 'going Dutch'...:clueless:

mr.G
16-05-2005, 11:41:11
well your avatar is 50% pure Dutch.
need i say more.

and Funo speaks Dutch fluently, that makes Countjegloei pretty pretty Dutch.

Funko
16-05-2005, 11:43:19
I'm the best dutch speaker registered here.

MOBIUS
16-05-2005, 11:45:18
Actually my avatar is only 40% Dutch - we need more Dutch posters!

On second thoughts...:nervous:

Funko
16-05-2005, 11:46:30
Verliezer!

Greg W
16-05-2005, 11:47:08
Originally posted by zmama
Thinking about it...

I would use everybody when speaking directly to a group...and everyone when speaking in the abstract.

Whether that is correct usage? *shrug* I tend to use everybody when talking about a large group of people. Ex: Everybody was walking in the same direction.

But when talking about/to an individual within that large group, everyone. Ex: Everyone amongst you wants to walk North.

Don't think I've explained that all that well, but eh...

Immortal Wombat
16-05-2005, 12:17:22
I use everybody in the present tense and everyone in the past tense.

Funko
16-05-2005, 12:17:45
You user.

Immortal Wombat
16-05-2005, 12:18:37
They were asking for it.

MoSe
16-05-2005, 13:16:40
Originally posted by Funko
I think they are interchangeable. I don't think one's more correct than the other at least.

Police couldn't decide either, so they ended to use both (http://www.lyricsdepot.com/sting-police/truth-hits-everybody.html)

The Norks
16-05-2005, 23:45:39
Its really subtle, but 'everybody' refers more to a general concept group and everyone refers to individuals within a specific group althought its really hard to explain why I would say 'everyone...spiders...' etc as opposed to everybody. I'm sure there's a grammatical reason but I was brought up in the 70's with fuck all grammar and loads of phonetics so I can't explain it, even though I can see how it works :) EVerybody seems more immediate, and everyone is more theoretical to me at least. Its also true that modern language probably makes the two interchangeable, as far as I can see, online dictionaries say they are both pronouns and interchangeable too. Its probably more a case of local usage that makes the distinction.

Greg W
17-05-2005, 01:28:32
OMG, The Norks agree with me. Yay! More people thinking like Drunk Aussies! :beer:

protein
17-05-2005, 01:31:36
So everyone's agreed? Everybody with me?

Tizzy
17-05-2005, 11:56:57
Originally posted by Greg W
OMG, The Norks agree with me. Yay! More people thinking like Drunk Aussies! :beer:

Oh God, that's all we need!

MoSe
17-05-2005, 15:34:35
everybody needs it

King_Ghidra
17-05-2005, 15:40:31
there is no difference between those two words

Drekkus
17-05-2005, 15:46:24
Doesn't everyone use everybody?

mr.G
17-05-2005, 15:47:47
what is the importance?

MoSe
17-05-2005, 15:48:42
sweet dreams are made of this

Funko
17-05-2005, 16:03:17
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
there is no difference between those two words

It's after the every that they begin to differ.

Venom
17-05-2005, 16:07:47
Even then, they share a letter.

Immortal Wombat
17-05-2005, 17:04:33
"Everybody" can only refer to corporeal individuals.

MoSe
17-05-2005, 17:19:48
I want to be body with everything