Hello English learners!
I often get asked the following question by many of my students:
What is the difference between everyone and everybody?
The answer is a little complex but we can handle it. To help me illustrate this difference I am going to use the words someone and somebody.
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If I use the sentence:
- Someone is at the door.
Someone is from a group of people that I know.
The chances that I know this person are very high. I most likely know this person. This would be appropriate to say if I were having a party and invited my friends. I would not know exactly who was at my door at that moment, but from all the people that I know in my life, this person is most likely from that group.
So, the word one indicates a person from the group of all of the people that I know in my life, my circle of friends or family.
- Everyone likes Nutella. (You mean to say that many people like Nutella)
On the other hand, if I use the sentence:
- Somebody is at the door.
Somebody could anybody in the world.
I am not expecting visitors and this is a surprise for me. I am indicating that I have no idea who could be at the door. It could be a salesman or a person asking for money. The word body indicates a person from the world.
- Everybody likes Nutella. (You are putting more emphasis on the number of people that like Nutella)
I would like to say that if you analyze the thought process or the psychology of the person, then you would understand a little more of what they are thinking.
Looking at the two sentences:
- Everyone likes Nutella.
- Everybody likes Nutella.
They both mean the same thing essentiality.
No one would argue with you about which one was correct. (Unless they did not like Nutella; then they would say it is not true.)
From the grand point of view, most English speakers don’t pay attention to which word they use.
However, from a subconscious level many English speakers would use one when they might be acquainted with the person and body when it could be a person that they are not expecting or do not know.
Another difference between the two words everyone and everybody is formality.
In more formal situations, it is better to use everyone.
[At a party where you might not know all the people at the party] Everyone should try the dessert.
Everybody sounds like you are talking about people who have bodies (which everyone has a body). “Everybody” is more appropriate when talking to friends.
[At a restaurant with your friends] Everybody, let’s take a picture.
There is no big difference in saying everyone or everybody. Everyone is more formal and everybody is more informal.