Are you wondering what the difference is between ‘everyone’ and ‘every one’ is? We can clear that up, plus teach you the meaning and how to use both versions of the word in a sentence.
Don’t feel like skimming? Here’s the short answer:
As you just learned, the difference between ‘everyone’ and ‘every one’ is that the former refers to everyone in a group and the latter emphasizes each individual within a group. The words sound the same, but mean different things, which qualifies them as homophones.
Remember that ‘everyone’ can be used interchangeably with the word ‘everybody,’ while the same isn’t true for ‘every one.’
So, when exactly is it okay to use ‘everyone’ and ‘every one’?
Use ‘everyone’ when you’re talking to a group of people and you’re referring to every person in the group.
Use ‘every one’ when you’re referring to each individual within that group.
Let’s quickly define the word and then look at some examples of how to use it in a sentence.
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘everyone’ is: “every person: everybody.”
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘every’ is: “being each individual or part of a group without exception,” “being each in a series or succession,” “being all taken severally,” “being each within a range of possibilities,” “complete, entire.”
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘one’ is: “being a single unit or thing,” “being one in particular,” “being preeminently what is indicated,” “being the same in kind or quality,” “constituting a unified entity of two or more components,” “being in agreement or union,” “some,” “being a certain individual specified by name,” and “only.”
The phonetic spelling of the word ‘everyone’ is: “EvrEEwUHn.”
Now that we know what the words mean let’s take a look at some examples of how to use them correctly in a sentence. Here’s how you’d use ‘everyone.’
Now, let’s take a look at how to use ‘every one’ in a sentence correctly.
To recap, we learned that ‘everyone’ and ‘every one’ has different meanings and can’t be used interchangeably. However, ‘everyone’ can be used interchangeably with the word ‘everybody.’ ‘Every one’ refers to each individual person within a group.
Still, feeling unsure? You can always come back for a second glance, or you can browse our library of content on confusing words for other words you might not be familiar with. Go check it out.
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