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    #1

    Everybody is/are ?

    Why does one have to say : "everybody is" instead of "everybody are" ? Everybody means more than one persons, so "are" would be a more logical choice ?

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    #2

    Re: Everybody is/are ?

    Everybody means each one, so it's used as a singular pronoun.

    'Everybody is happy.'

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    #3

    Re: Everybody is/are ?

    Quote Originally Posted by birgit33 View Post
    Why does one have to say : "everybody is" instead of "everybody are" ? Everybody means more than one persons, so "are" would be a more logical choice ?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Yes, you correct: "everybody" is, logically speaking, plural.

    (2) But if you carefully look at the word, you will notice that it was originally two

    words: Every body has one nose.

    (3) And, yes, I believe that native speakers often consider it as a plural:

    Tom: Is everybody here?

    Martha: Yes, they are. (Instead of: Yes, he or she is.)

    ***

    Mona: Everybody loves ice cream, don't they? (Instead of: doesn't he or she?)

    (4) As you know, humans invented language. And since humans are not

    perfect (!), their languages cannot be perfect, either.

    UPDATE: I have just noticed that I forgot to write "are" in my first sentence.

    That is why the teachers remind us non-teachers to carefully proofread before

    posting. I apologize.
    Last edited by TheParser; 19-Aug-2011 at 09:57.

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    #4

    Re: Everybody is/are ?

    Everybody loves ice cream, don't they?
    I am curious, what is the correct question tag for such a clause with everybody?

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    #5

    Re: Everybody is/are ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I am curious, what is the correct question tag for such a clause with everybody?
    The one you used is acceptable these days.

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