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    Is "Everybody" a third person singular pronoun?

    Is "Everybody" a third person singular pronoun?

    To me it is plural but it is treated as a singular pronoun.

    It is plural because it refers to a group of people, because everybody is not one person but "a group of people".

    Grammatically it is treated as a singular pronoun because we say.

    Everybody is okay.
    Everybody likes to have fun.
    Everybody needs to earn money to support his/her family.
    Everybody in my family loves cricket.

    And the same is the case with phrases like "each and everybody", "each and everyone".

    What is your expert opinion on them?

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    #2

    Re: Is "Everybody" a third person singular pronoun?

    You've answered your own question.

    It refers to people in general, and it takes the third person singular verb.
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    Re: Is "Everybody" a third person singular pronoun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    You've answered your own question.

    It refers to people in general, and it takes the third person singular verb.
    Yes, that's what I am asking about, in all my examples it took the third person singular verb. But what I am asking is if "Everybody" is a third person singular pronoun since it takes the third person singular verb.

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    Re: Is "Everybody" a third person singular pronoun?

    Yes, it is.

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    Re: Is "Everybody" a third person singular pronoun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    Yes, that's what I am asking about, in all my examples it took the third person singular verb. But what I am asking is if "Everybody" is a third person singular pronoun since it takes the third person singular verb.
    I call it a compound determinative, not a pronoun at all. Compound because it comprises the determinative "every" + the nominal "body". "Every" is a distributive determinative, as can be seen by the fact that it selects a singular head; "everybody" (not *everybodies) and since it's a singular head, it follows that the verb too must be singular. So we get "Everybody is nice", not *"everybody are nice".
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    Re: Is "Everybody" a third person singular pronoun?

    It is plural because it refers to a group of people, because everybody is not one person but "a group of people".

    Grammatically it is treated as a singular pronoun
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    More unneeded terminology. "Everybody" refers to all the bodies, one at a time.
    Last edited by Tdol; 13-Apr-2016 at 12:51. Reason: everbody -> everybody

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    #8

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    A collection of corpses?

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    Re: Is "Everybody" a third person singular pronoun?

    I think the collective noun is a "corps of corpses".

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    Re: Is "Everybody" a third person singular pronoun?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    More unneeded terminology. "Everbody" refers to all the bodies, one at a time.
    The terminology helps to explain why such words take singular agreement.

    The crucial point with "everybody" and similar compounds is that the first element "every" is 'distributive' in that it refers to the members of a group individually rather than collectively. We all know that such words take singular agreement, but when someone asks about them I think it helps to explain why. And the term 'distributive' helps to do that job quite nicely.
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