Every One and Everyone

Every one is similar in meaning to each one. With every one, the word one represents a nearby noun. For example: With every one, you can nearly always insert the word single. For example: Everyone is similar in meaning to everybody. For example:

Every One and Everyone

There is often confusion over every one and everyone.

Every One

Every One (two words) can usually be substituted with each one. (In this expression, the word every is an adjective which modifies the indefinite pronoun one.) Try substituting the every one in these examples with each one:


Everyone (one word) is similar to everybody. (Everyone is an indefinite pronoun.)

Try substituting the everyone in these examples with everybody:

A Quick Test


Put the word single between every and one. If your sentence sounds perfectly fine, then you should using every one. This works because every single one is nearly always a perfect replacement for every one.


The word one in every one is an indefinite pronoun. This means it will be representing the idea expressed by nearby noun. For example: Sometimes, the word one represents a person, and that's where the confusion creeps in with everyone, which actually means every person. For example:

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