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Bernard M

Everybody smile!

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Bernard M

Hello everyone,

I've seen this expression "Everybody smile! ".

I would have written: "Everybody smiles! "...

So, my question: is "everybody" plural or singular or both?

Thank you for your help.

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Chary

In my opinion, being an indefinite pronoun it must be singular.so, 'Everybody smile! (plural form of smile is smiles) is correct. Therfore, smile took singular form.

Other indefinite pronouns are: 

No body, anybody, somebody, etc.

Regards,

Hari Kiran 

 

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Minoo

Hello Bernard and Hari,

You're both right. When 'everybody' is the subject of a sentence, it definitely takes a singular verb: Everybody smiles when they pose for a photo. (Hari, please note that the 'singular' verb form is with 's': smiles).

However, in Bernard's sentence, 'smile' is in the imperative form, which is the same as the base verb. Someone is asking everybody to smile for the photo: Everybody, SMILE (for the photo), please!

 

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Bernard M

Thank you, Chary.

I answer to myself :

we say "Everybody smile" because "everybody" is the subject of an imperative clause, with the base form of the verb.

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