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Jane Mairs, Director of English language Learning Publishing
Everybody or everyone?
Tuesday September 27th 2011
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Everybody or everyone?
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Marlon asked, "What is the difference between everyone and everybody?"

Thanks for asking this question. The short answer is, there's not much difference! Both of these words mean "every person," and in dictionaries, the meaning of everyone is often given as everybody, and vice versa.

However, it's worth mentioning that many people think everybody is a little more casual (more informal) than everyone. Also, everybody is used more often than everyone in spoken language, which makes sense if it's more informal. Having said this, it's absolutely fine to use either one. You have a choice.

I hope this helps.

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