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    #1

    different interpretations any / every

    Is it correct to say both "everybody" and "anybody" are correct in the following example and it just depends on what the speaker wants to say?

    Everybody was surprised to see Robin.
    Anybody was surprised to see Robin.

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    #2

    Re: different interpretations any / every

    Only the first is correct.

    The second could be correct as part of a longer sentence:

    'I wonder if anybody was surprised to see Robin.'

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: different interpretations any / every

    not a teacher

    1) Everybody was surprised to see Robin.
    2) Anybody was surprised to see Robin.


    #1 is correct, #2 is not.
    These are possible:
    Was anybody surprised to see Robin?
    I don't think anybody was surprised to see Robin.

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    #4

    Re: different interpretations any / every

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Only the first is correct.

    The second could be correct as part of a longer sentence:

    'I wonder if anybody was surprised to see Robin.'

    Rover
    I tried to insert the second one in a longer sentence. Are these correct?
    1. Anybody who was in the garden was surprised to see Robin.
    2. Anybody in the garden was surprised to see Robin
    Thanks.

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