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All vs. Everything: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
All refers to the entire quantity or extent of a particular group or thing, while Everything means all things or the totality of things.
All vs. Everything

Key Differences

All is often used to refer to every part or member of a specific group or category. In contrast, Everything encompasses every existing thing, used more broadly without specifying categories.
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All can modify a plural noun, as in "all students", indicating every student in a group. Everything is singular and refers to all things collectively, as in "Everything is ready".
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When using All, it often implies inclusion within a defined boundary or set. On the other hand, Everything suggests a more comprehensive scope without specific boundaries.
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In certain contexts, All can emphasize the importance of each individual component, like "all the chapters of the book". Everything, however, emphasizes the collective whole, as in "Everything in the universe".
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All is versatile, used in various grammatical constructions, while Everything is more limited in its use, often standing alone as a subject or object.
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Comparison Chart

Meaning

Entire quantity or extent of a specific group or category
All things, the totality of things
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Grammar

Can modify plural nouns, used in various constructions
Singular, often stands alone as a subject or object
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Scope

Within a defined boundary or set
More comprehensive, without specific boundaries
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Emphasis

On each component within a group
On the collective whole
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Usage

Specific and versatile in different contexts
Broad, often used in a more general sense
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All and Everything Definitions

All

The whole quantity or extent of a particular group.
All the books on the shelf were old.
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Everything

The whole situation.
After the storm, everything was a mess.
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All

Every individual or piece of a group.
She ate all the cookies.
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Everything

The most important aspect.
Honesty is everything in a relationship.
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All

The whole amount or extent.
All of the area was covered in snow.
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Everything

The entire state of affairs.
Everything in the garden was blooming.
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All

Being or representing the entire or total number, amount, or quantity
All the windows are open. Deal all the cards.
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Everything

All things.
Everything was covered in dust.
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All

Constituting, being, or representing the total extent or the whole
All Christendom.
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Everything

All that is relevant.
She told him everything about her day.
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All

Being the utmost possible of
Argued the case in all seriousness.
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Everything

(literally) All the things under discussion.
I checked the list again and everything is done.
Thank you for everything you've done for us.
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All

Every
Got into all manner of trouble.
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Everything

Many or most things.
I did everything today - washed the dishes, cut the lawn, did the laundry.
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All

Any whatsoever
Beyond all doubt.
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Everything

(colloquial) A state of well-being (from all parts of the whole).
She wasn't feeling well this morning but now everything is fine.
Since the company lost its best customer everything has gotten worse.
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All

(Pennsylvania) Consumed; used up; gone
The apples are all.
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Everything

(colloquial) Considerable effort.
It took everything in me to resist the temptation to skip work on my birthday.
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All

(Informal) Being more than one
Who all came to the party? See Note at y'all.
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Everything

(colloquial) The most important thing.
I can't believe I made it in time - timing is everything!
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All

The whole of one's fortune, resources, or energy; everything one has
The brave defenders gave their all.
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Everything

Whatever pertains to the subject under consideration; all things.
More wise, more learned, more just, more everything.
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All

Wholly; completely
A room painted all white.
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All

So much
I am all the better for that experience.
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All

Used as an intensive
Then he got all mad and left.
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All

Each; apiece
A score of five all.
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All

Every individual or anything of the given class, with no exceptions (the noun or noun phrase denoting the class must be plural or uncountable).
All contestants must register at the scorer’s table.
All flesh is originally grass.
All my friends like classical music.
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Throughout the whole of (a stated period of time; generally used with units of a day or longer).
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All

Only; alone; nothing but.
He's all talk; he never puts his ideas into practice.
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All

(obsolete) Any.
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All

Everything.
Some gave all they had.
She knows all and sees all.
Those who think they know it all are annoying to those of us who do.
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All

Everyone.
A good time was had by all.
We all enjoyed the movie.
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All

The only thing(s).
All that was left was a small pile of ash.
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All

Used after what, where, how and similar words, either without changing their meaning, or indicating that one expects that they cover more than one element, e.g. that "who all attended" is more than one person.}} Some dialects only allow this to follow some words and not others.
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All

Wholly; entirely; completely; totally.
She was sitting all alone. It suddenly went all quiet.
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All

Apiece; each.
The score was 30 all when the rain delay started.
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All

(degree) So much.
Don't want to go? All the better since I lost the tickets.
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All

Even; just.
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All

A quotative particle, compare like.
She was all, “Whatever.”
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All

(with a possessive pronoun) Everything that one is capable of.
She gave her all, and collapsed at the finish line.
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(countable) The totality of one's possessions.
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(obsolete) Although.
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All

All gone; dead.
The butter is all.
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All

The whole quantity, extent, duration, amount, quality, or degree of; the whole; the whole number of; any whatever; every; as, all the wheat; all the land; all the year; all the strength; all happiness; all abundance; loss of all power; beyond all doubt; you will see us all (or all of us).
Prove all things: hold fast that which is good.
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All

Any.
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All

Only; alone; nothing but.
I was born to speak all mirth and no matter.
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All

Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement.
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All

Even; just. (Often a mere intensive adjunct.
All as his straying flock he fed.
A damsel lay deploringAll on a rock reclined.
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The whole number, quantity, or amount; the entire thing; everything included or concerned; the aggregate; the whole; totality; everything or every person; as, our all is at stake.
Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all.
All that thou seest is mine.
Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee,Forever.
Trust me not at all, or all in all.
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All

Although; albeit.
All they were wondrous loth.
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All

Quantifier; used with either mass or count nouns to indicate the whole number or amount of or every one of a class;
We sat up all night
Ate all the food
All men are mortal
All parties are welcome
Have some milk
Some roses were still blooming
Having some friends over
Some apples
Some paper
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Completely given to or absorbed by;
Became all attention
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To a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly');
He was wholly convinced
Entirely satisfied with the meal
It was completely different from what we expected
Was completely at fault
A totally new situation
The directions were all wrong
It was not altogether her fault
An altogether new approach
A whole new idea
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Entirely; completely.
The room was all clean.
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All

The only thing.
Winning was all he cared about.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can 'all' refer to time?

Yes, as in "all day".
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Is 'all' inclusive?

Yes, it includes every part or member of a group.
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Can 'all' be used with uncountable nouns?

Yes, like "all water".
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Is 'everything' always singular?

Yes, it's treated as a singular noun.
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Can 'everything' mean 'the most important thing'?

Yes, in contexts like "Trust is everything".
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Is 'all' used in formal writing?

Yes, it's common in both formal and informal contexts.
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Does 'everything' have synonyms?

Yes, like 'the whole lot' or 'everything possible'.
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Can 'everything' be used to refer to a specific set of things?

Typically, it refers to a general totality.
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Does 'everything' include people?

Generally, it refers to things, but can include people in a broad sense.
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Is 'all' used in questions?

Yes, like "Did you eat all the cookies?"
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Is 'all' used in expressions of time?

Yes, like "all night long".
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Can 'everything' be quantified?

No, it’s a qualitative term.
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Does 'all' have a plural form?

No, 'all' is both singular and plural.
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Is 'all' used in mathematical contexts?

Yes, as in "all of the variables".
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Can 'all' stand alone?

Yes, but it usually accompanies a noun or pronoun.
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Can 'all' imply completeness?

Yes, like "all finished".
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Does 'everything' always imply a large scope?

Usually, it implies a broad or comprehensive scope.
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Can 'everything' be used metaphorically?

Yes, as in "She is my everything".
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Can 'everything' be used in exaggeration?

Yes, it's often used for emphasis.
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Is 'everything' used in idioms?

Yes, like "everything under the sun".
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