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Are there any significant differences in meaning or usage between "everyone" and "everybody", or "anybody" and "anyone"?

As far as I know, there are some grammatical points involving "everyone" and "everybody", or "anybody" and "anyone", but books/internet/professors cannot identify any differences of meaning or usage between these two pronouns.

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    I would say any difference that does exist is either unimportant or imagined. You're safe using them interchangeably outside of set idioms. – user13141 Oct 21 '11 at 8:05
  • Thanks, everyone is singular and it must paired with a singular verb is this a correct usage??? – karthik rangaraj Oct 21 '11 at 8:08
  • Yes, everyone/everybody is singular, as is anyone/anybody. – user13141 Oct 21 '11 at 8:09
  • It is. However, as the OED says, ‘The pronoun referring to "every one" is often plural: the absence of a singular pronoun of common gender rendering this violation of grammatical concord sometimes necessary.’ – Barrie England Oct 21 '11 at 8:11
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In ‘The Cambridge Guide to English Usage’, Pam Peters reports that, while both forms are in regular use in the UK and the US, the forms with -one are more frequent. The forms with –body are most commonly found in conversation and used more freely in American than British fiction.

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    Does this mean that people in the U.K. perceive -one as a significantly more formal word? – Peter Shor Oct 21 '11 at 12:05
  • I think we'd need more evidence to draw that conclusion. – Barrie England Oct 21 '11 at 15:50

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