I have been told 'everybody' is singular. However, there was a film named "Everybody Sing".

What are the differences between "everybody sing" and "everybody sings"?

Which is correct? the former, the latter, or the both?

Which is more natural?

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They mean different things.

"Everybody sing." by itself would be a command telling everyone to sing.

"Everybody sings." is a statement that everyone sings.

  • Compare: 'John - sing!' with 'John sings' (and remember that titles take liberties with grammar, so the dash, colon or comma could be omitted - though I bet they left the exclamation mark in). I wouldn't say that 'everybody is singular' - we'd say 'all (the people) are here' - but it does take singular agreement (ie a singular verb-form). Feb 3, 2013 at 22:52

I don't know the film in question but here is how I would differentiate between them.

You would use sings in standard sentences of subject + verb:

Everybody sings in the bath.

Everybody sings when they are happy.

Everybody sing is a command or instruction eg if you are leading a choir.

Everybody is to get everyone's attention, the command is Sing

"Ok everybody, stop talking. John, do the first verse solo, then everybody sing!"

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