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Everyone and every one

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A Medieval Fancy dress party.

A Medieval fancy dress party.

Everyone’ (written as one word) means every person or everybody. It refers only to people. For example:

Everyone who came to the party wore fancy dress.

Tell him to let everyone in.

Every one’ (written as two words) refers to a number of people or a number of things. It means ‘each one’ or ‘every single one’, for example:

Every one of the contestants did extremely well in the competition.

After checking, I found that every one of the books had been damaged.

‘Every day’ and ‘everyday’

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09/01/2010 at 3:51 pm

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