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Session 14

Welcome to English In A Minute. Give us a minute and we'll give you a hot tip about English. Grammar, vocabulary... there's so much to learn! And all taught by your favourite BBC Learning English staff!

Activity 1

'All' vs 'Everybody' or 'Everyone'

Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? What's the difference between all vs everybody or everyone? Sam is going to explain. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English!

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Hello, I’m Sam from BBC Learning English, and today we’re going to look at the difference between all and everybody or everyone, when talking about people.

In both cases we’re talking about a group of people and the meaning is simple. They both mean ‘100% of the group’. But, how we use them in a sentence is slightly different.

Let’s look at these examples: I invited some friends to a party this weekend. They all came! Everybody came!

So, in the first example, we have the subject + all + the main verb. It’s not correct to say 'all came' without using the subject ‘they’ before all.

But, if you want to make the sentence shorter you can use everybody or everyone as the subject of the sentence - so, everybody + the main verb.

So I hope you all understand and everybody will do the quiz now.

All vs Everybody or Everyone 

These three words all have a similar meaning when talking about people. They all mean '100% of the group'. Their use is slightly different though.


The word all normally needs a subject before it. It's not correct to say 'all liked' - subject + all + the main verb.

  • They all liked the party.
  • We all went home.

Everybody or Everyone

Everybody and everyone both function as subjects - everybody/everyone + the main verb

  • Everyone liked the party.
  • Everybody went home.


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