Definition of everybody in English:
- You would have to have everybody agree it was a good idea in order for that to happen.
- All we have to do is go out there and get everybody to agree that we're not going to let them do this any more.
- It might not work for everybody, but for some he says it can be a truly life changing experience.
Everybody, along with everyone, traditionally uses a singular pronoun of reference: everybody must sign his own name. Because the use of his in this context is now perceived as sexist by some, a second option became popular: everybody must sign his or her own name. But his or her is often awkward, and many feel that the plural simply makes more sense: everybody must sign their own name. Although this violates what many consider standard, it is in fact standard in British English and increasingly so in US English. In some sentences, only they makes grammatical sense: everybody agreed to convict the defendant, and they voted unanimously.
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