Everyone/Every One — Which to Choose?

Margie Wakeman Wells General Leave a Comment

The “one” words:

No one is always two words.

Everyone, anyone, someone are one word when they refer to a random person. (They are called “indefinite pronouns.”)

…I need someone to help me.
…They aren’t allowing anyone to enter the blockaded area.
…Everyone was included in the invitation.

These words are separate words when they refer to anything other than a random/indefinite person. When everyone, anyone, or someone is followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with of, it is always two words.

…I considered three different cars. Any one would be okay.
…She has a large collection of books. She has read every one.
…Twelve people applied. Some one of them will be hired.

Happy punctuating.

Margie

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