Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"

Do you know the difference between ‘everyone’ and ‘everybody?’

What about ‘everyone’ and ‘anyone?’

Listen in on today’s episode as we answer a listener’s question.

Learn how to use these confusing words in English conversations.

Confusing grammar

Aubrey asks Lindsay if everyone she knows skis.

Lindsay answers that not everyone she knows skis but she does have a lot of friends and family members that do.

Aubrey mentions that today’s episode will share the difference between ‘everyone’ and ‘anyone.’

These words can be very confusing for English language learners.

Some avoid using the words because they don’t know if they are using them correctly.

Listen in as Lindsay and Aubrey break down the answer to the question of an All Ears English listener that has inspired today’s topic.

Hello, my name is Ezequiel, I’m from El Salvador but I live in New York. Congratulations on your great program. My question is: What’s the difference between everyone and everybody?

English grammar can be tricky and it is best to keep consuming a variety of resources to learn new things and improve your skill level.

You can also look into previous grammar episodes like the following:

Everyone and everybody

The words ‘everyone’ and ‘everybody’, can be used interchangeably because they have the same meanings.

The slight differences would be the appropriate usage and context.

You would have to match the tone of the environment to the word you would need to use.

Here are the differences between each and when best to use them:


This means every person. This is more formal.


Is everyone watching the news?


This has the same meaning as ’everyone’ but is slightly more casual.

You can use it in an informal setting.

You will often hear this in songs.


Is everybody watching the news?

Anyone and anybody

Just like ‘everybody’ and ‘everyone’, the words ‘anyone’ and ‘anybody’ are interchangeable.

Anybody is slightly more informal.

We also often use it to emphasize.

It gets tricky because ‘anyone’ and ‘everyone’ have very different meanings.

One means any one person while the other means every person.

Confusion can be caused if you mix them up!


This means any person.

This is different from ‘everyone’ because you are now referring to each individual person compared to an entire group of people.


Is anyone going to happy hour after work?


This has the same meaning as ‘anyone.’

However, it’s slightly more informal.


Is anybody going to happy hour after work?


You can get easily confused with English grammar rules.

Lindsay and Aubrey’s discussion will help with differentiating ‘‘everyone’, ‘everybody’, ‘anyone’, and ‘anybody.’

To be able to better understand how to use these words correctly in a conversation, here is a quick roleplay.

In this scenario, Lindsay and Aubrey are ordering food for a get-together.

Aubrey: Does everyone want pizza?
Lindsay: Yes, everybody said they’re up for pizza. Do you think anyone would want breadsticks?
Aubrey: Yeah for sure, let’s get some.
Lindsay: Ooh and what about dessert? Anybody want dessert do you think?
Aubrey: Absolutely! Let’s get the cinnastix!


Using these words will bring your English to a higher level.

This will make you sound more native and natural.

There’s no need to stress about the difference between everyone and everybody as they’re interchangeable and can both be used in every scenario.

There is a difference in meaning, though, between everyone and anyone.

Today’s tips can help you use them in everyday conversations with friends and coworkers.

Don’t let worrying about grammar hinder you from starting a conversation in English.

Making that connection and sharing ideas is much more important than being grammatically correct.

What other words are confusing in English?

Share it in the comments below and we may make another episode about it.

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