Like this hoax on April Fool’s Day in the UK when the BBC showed this news story:
Francis asks, why is ‘everyone’ a singular noun?
everybody / everyone / everything
It is true that everybody and everyone refers to everybody and everyone in a group of people and everything refers to everything ina group of things. Even so, they are still perceived individually or as a totality, so the singular verb form is still maintained:
Is everybody happy with that? Does everyone understand my position?
Everything she owns has been stolen.
Everyone, everybody, everything and everywhere are indefinite pronouns.
We use them to refer to a total number of people, things and places. We write them as one word:
His name was Henry but everyone called him Harry.
All your clothes are clean. I washed everything yesterday.
The sand got everywhere, into eyes, hair, tents, cups of tea, camera lenses.
We use everyone, everybody, everything and everywhere with singular verbs:
Everybody knows the truth.
At night, with the lights shining on the water, everything looks different.
We couldn’t get a seat. Everywhere was so crowded.
an idiomatic phrase consisting of a verb and another element, typically either an adverb, as in break down, or a preposition, for example see to, or a combination of both, such as look down on.
1. Phrasal verbs warmer
2. 19th November is International Toilet Day
3. phrasal verbs with OUT, TAKE, DOWN, BREAK & UP at the end
4. Exam practice PRESENTATIONs on the media & newspapers
5. Exam practice listening
7. Future forms review (homework)
Some idiot turned off the fridge, and the milk has gone off.
He looked quite convincing dressed as a woman but his moustache gave him away. She looks young but her wrinkles give her true age away. The teacher wanted to know who had cheated in the exam and the pupil’s excellent vocabulary gave away the fact that they had used google to copy their writing.
The game of chess originates from India and goes back about two thousand years. The history of my family goes back all the way to Ireland in the 1820s.
I need a break. All this non-stop work is getting me down. I don’t like all these phrasal verbs, they’re too hard. It’s getting me down all this confusing language.
What exactly are you getting at? Have I done something wrong?
No, darling, it looks terrible, I think you’ll find that purple spiky hair went out decades ago.
I was offered a great job in America, but I had to turn it down because I’m looking after my mother.
I know you’re busy, but can’t you just drop in for a minute and say hello to the guys?
She’s brilliant. We spent weeks on this software problem, getting nowhere. Then she arrived and came up with a solution straightaway.
How can we get round the problem of over-staffing without actually sacking people?
It’s too late to change your mind now. You’ve handed in your resignation.
After my husband passed away I was grief stricken for years – well, weeks anyway.
Sarah’s Prezi presentation on coping strategies for stress.
Early finish + Meetings with Mark (part 1 & 2 of 6)
describing art example sentences:
Watching Titanic was very moving.
Mark is very charming, he is underrated as a teacher. His manager says he’s no good, but I disagree.
The Hunger Games is set in a very bleak world.
Picasso was a very off-beat character he would always do unusual things and have crazy ideas.
The woman wore a stylish dress for the party.
Haircuts in North Korea are not very stylish.
Old photos from wars are poignant and heartbreaking. Photos of my grandma looking happy affect me deeply, they are so poignant, they remind me of happier days.
Minions is very amusing. My classmates are avery amusing.
Keeping up with the Kardashians is so amusing and dramatic. They are always doing offbeat crazy things.
My dog can be very subtle when she wants something, she comes and sits by my feet. That means she wants to be fed. Her clothes are very subtle today, yesterday she was wearing a striking shade of orange but today she’s got a cream scarf on.
The football match was so exciting. I didn’t know who was going to win, it was really compelling right up until the end.
Last week when Sylwia sang she was very impressive. Her performance was very well-recieved by everyone in the audience.
The painting of Van Gogh’s sunflowers is very striking.
The photo of Afghani girl is very thought provoking.
The pyramids are very unconventional places to be buried.
Spain is a very conventional place to go on holiday, but it’s overrated. The Sahara desert is a very unconventional place to go, or maybe we could go to the Arctic Circle.
Alison’s Lapper’s life is very thought provoking and poignant: