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Offline azz

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anybody vs. everybody
« on: January 02, 2016, 06:26:41 am »
a. You ran away when they attacked because you were one person against four. Anybody would have done that.
b.You ran away when they attacked because you were one person against four. Everybody would have done that.


Are both these sentences acceptable?
Is there any difference in their meanings?

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Offline Darryl

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Re: anybody vs. everybody
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2016, 11:00:56 pm »
(a) is the natural answer here.
'Anybody' is referring to people in general. 'Everybody' refers more to the number of people.

Offline Bertha

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Re: anybody vs. everybody
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2016, 11:36:40 am »
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