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Anonymous:This is silly, I just had a conversation with a friend of mine, and I just can't figure it out, 'cause everyone IS working, or everyone does like me sounds good, but if you think about it it should be do. Which one is it?
Approved answer (verified by Mister Micawber)
I'd say "everybody/everyone does" and "everybody/everyone is".
From The Columbia Guide to Standard American English :
i would also say "Everyone does", "Everyone has", Everyone is", coz everyone is a singular word...
Anonymous:Hi. What do you it should be when each person has to bring a calculator for him or herself? Could it be "Everyone is to bring his or her [their] calculator" (in singular)? Also shouldn't the word "Everyone" be two separate words - "Every one"? Thank you in advance.
Sentence from The Columbia Guide to Standard American English:
Everyone is to bring his or her [their] calculators
Also shouldn't the word "Everyone" be two separate words - "Every one"? -- No. Everyone is a personal pronoun referring to humans ('Everyone was happy at the party.'). 'Every one' refers to all of a collection of things or people ('Your room is a mess. Pick up every one of your toys, please.' 'Everyone was happy at the party because every one of them were drunk.)
Sentence from The Columbia Guide to Standard American English: Everyone is to bring his or her (formal) [their (informal)] calculators
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