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All, everything or everybody/ everyone.
A/- All and everybody/ everyone
We do not normally use all to mean everybody/everyone:
• Everybody enjoyed the party, (not 'All enjoyed...')
But note that we say all of us/ you/ them, not 'everybody of...':
• All of us enjoyed the party, (not 'everybody of us')
B/- All and everything
Sometimes you can use all or everything:
• I’ll do all I can to help, or I’ll do everything I can to help.
You can say 'all I can' / 'all you need' etc. but we do not normally use all alone:
• He thinks he knows everything, (not 'he knows all')
• Our holiday was a disaster. Everything went wrong, (not 'All went wrong')
We use all in the expression all about:
• They told us all about their holiday.
We also use all (not 'everything') to mean the only thing(s):
• All I've eaten today is a sandwich. (= the only thing I've eaten today)
C/- Every/ everybody/ everyone/ everything are singular words, so we use a singular verb:
• Every seat in the theatre was taken.
• Everybody has arrived, (not 'have arrived')
But we often use they/ them/ their after everybody/ everyone:
• Everybody said they enjoyed themselves. (= he or she enjoyed himself or herself)