Are the words anyone, anybody, everyone, and everybody singular or plural?

The words everyone, anyone, everybody, and anybody can easily confuse a novice writer. Each of these words is singular, requiring a singular verb or a singular pronoun.

You would write “Everyone is going to office party” and “Anybody is welcome” and “Everybody has his favorite way to remember this.” If you want to avoid the political incorrectness of using a masculine pronoun (or the awkwardness of saying her/his) in that last sentence, reword it to say “Everybody has a favorite way to remember this.”


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