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I was wondering if we should use one expression rather than the other?

For example the sentence could be:

Everybody knows that global warming is an important problem

Or

Everyone knows that global warming is an important problem

Which is better? Which is mostly used for reports?

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This is Off Topic or General Reference for ELU. It might have a home on English Language Learners –  FumbleFingers Jun 19 '13 at 13:39
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Everybody knows that the boat is leaking / everybody knows that the captain lied ... –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jun 19 '13 at 14:35
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The phrasing "Everybody/one knows that..." is extremely unusual for a report. It is chatty, informal, and presumptuous. –  KitFox Jun 19 '13 at 16:05
    
@KitFox At least everyone isn't. books.google.com/ngrams/… –  Kris Jun 20 '13 at 6:01
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I'd say, go with the tide:

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(Google nGram)
Post-c1931, everybody is a loser, everyone gains.

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Eh? I think they're both widely enough in use today that it shouldn't matter which OP chooses to use, especially given that they are perfectly interchangeable. –  Kaiser Octavius Jun 20 '13 at 13:06
    
@KaiserOctavius "widely enough in use today" is what the nGrams disprove, right? –  Kris Jun 21 '13 at 5:31
    
No, the nGrams only prove that "everyone" is more widely in use than "everybody" - not that "everybody" is not widely enough in use. –  Kaiser Octavius Jun 21 '13 at 13:58
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Everybody or everyone would normally have the third person for subject-verb agreement. So everybody or everyone knows is correct.

As for the choice between everybody and everyone, that's a matter of taste:-

usage: Everyone and everybody are interchangeable, as are no one and nobody, and someone and somebody. Care should be taken to distinguish between everyone and someone as single words and every one and some one as two words, the latter form correctly being used to refer to each individual person or thing in a particular group: every one of them is wrong

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I can't think of any situation in which the following is a correct usage of grammar

Everyone know that ...

It would have to be

Everyone knows that ...

That said, everybody and everyone are mostly interchangeable

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