I looked through some past queries and I believe this particular take on the question has not yet been addressed:

Which of the following sentences is correct?:

Everyone was working as a volunteer. Everyone was working as volunteers.

Should the 'volunteers' be referred to as singular or plural and why? I personally imagine 'a volunteer' as being one giant volunteer made up of multiple people and 'volunteers' as being each separate volunteer in the group.


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Everyone was working as a volunteer. (consistently singular). All were working as volunteers. (consistently plural)

  • 'Everyone' means literally 'every one (person)', so each of them was a volunteer. Oct 17, 2018 at 7:57
  • I've just been looking for more examples from the net and have found: Oct 19, 2018 at 4:35
  • How do we treat everyone as individuals? (quora.com/How-do-we-treat-everyone-as-individuals) Is this just incorrect? Thanks! Oct 19, 2018 at 4:44
  • How do we treat everyone as an individual? (or) How do we treat all as individuals?
    – Les Tivers
    Oct 20, 2018 at 10:35

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