Every One and Everyone (The Difference)

by Craig Shrives
The Quick Answer
Every one is similar in meaning to each one. With every one, the word one represents a nearby noun. For example:
  • I know every one of my cows by name.
  • (Here, one represents the noun cow.)
With every one, you can nearly always insert the word single. For example:
  • I know every single one of my cows by name.
Everyone is similar in meaning to everybody. For example:
  • Is everyone happy?

Every One and Everyone

There is often confusion over every one and everyone.

Every One

Every One (two words) can usually be substituted with each one. (In this expression, the word every is an adjective which modifies the indefinite pronoun one.) Try substituting the every one in these examples with each one:
  • Every one of those ideas is valuable.
  • I want every one of those picking up before lunch.
  • You can kill ten of our men for every one we kill of yours. But even at those odds, you will lose and we will win. (Ho Chi Minh)


Everyone (one word) is similar to everybody. (Everyone is an indefinite pronoun.)

Try substituting the everyone in these examples with everybody:
  • Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. (Leo Tolstoy)
  • Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one should be idolized. (Albert Einstein)
  • Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. (Margaret Mead)
Interactive Exercise
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See Also

adverse or averse? affect or effect? appraise or apprise? avenge or revenge? bare or bear? complement or compliment? dependant or dependent? discreet or discrete? disinterested or uninterested? e.g. or i.e.? envy or jealousy? imply or infer? its or it's? material or materiel? poisonous or venomous? practice or practise? principal or principle? tenant or tenet? who's or whose?
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