Everyone vs. Every One: What's the Difference? Image

Even though they’re separated by just one little space, that’s enough to make all the difference between everyone and every one.

Learn when and how to use each so you can avoid one of the most common spelling errors and write with confidence.

Everyone vs. Every One

Everyone (a single word) is a third person plural pronoun. It means every person, and is used when referring to every person in a group (or in general), and it’s synonymous with everybody.

On the other hand, every one (two words) means each one. Here, the emphasis is on each of the individual members of a group, and it doesn’t necessarily have to refer to people (as is the case with everyone).

When to Use Everyone

Everyone should always be used as a pronoun. In general, you should use everyone (single word) when:

  • You are referring to all the people within a group, collectively.
  • You want to place emphasis on the group as a whole.
  • Everybody could be used as a substitute without changing the sentence’s original meaning.

How Do You Use Everyone in a Sentence?

Below are several examples of everyone in a sentence:

  • Everyone is going to the school dance. Why can’t I go?
  • The new changes to this law will affect everyone.
  • Everyone in my building exchanged gifts this year.
  • My husband gets along well with everyone.
  • Everyone in my daughter’s class passed the final exam.
  • While everyone else was talking, she sat there reading quietly.

Note that in each of the examples above, everyone could easily be replaced by everybody without changing the meaning of the sentences.

When to Use Every One

In general, every one should be used instead of everyone when:

  • It is followed by “of” (as in “every one of them”).
  • You are referring to each individual member of the group.
  • The members of the group are not necessarily people (e.g., “every one of the cars”).
  • You could substitute each without sacrificing the meaning of the sentence.

Examples of Every One in a Sentence

Below are several examples of how to use every one (two words) in a sentence:

  • In every one of these cases, the jury’s final verdict was ‘guilty.’
  • We would like to thank each and every one of you for celebrating our wedding with us.
  • Every one of our clients has reported a highly satisfactory experience with our agency.
  • He could not leave until each and every one of his tables had finished eating.
  • Every one of us had to wait over 30 minutes in line.
  • Since every one of the lines was busy, he was unable to get the help he needed.

As you can see, in most of the examples above, every one could easily be replaced by each changing the intended meaning. That’s one of the major clues that you should use every one instead of everyone.

Commonly Confused Words

Sometimes one little space or a single letter can make a world of difference, like apart vs. a part or council vs. counsel.

Studying commonly confused word pairs can help make you a better writer and a more accurate communicator.

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