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Everybody have/has

Loganat

Albania

Which one is correct:

Everybody has its own problems

or

Everybody have its own problems

or mayby

Everybody has/have their own problems

12:33 AM Mar 06 2008 |

philquad

philquad

Australia

everybody has their own problems is the only correct sentence

or 'can have" 

12:41 AM Mar 06 2008 |

gkisseberth

Colombia

Everybody, even though it sounds plural, is considered a singular subject, so it requires a singular verb… HAS

Everybody has….

Many people will say that using he possessive adjective THEIR is incorrect, because it is a plural and Everybody is singular. 

To be formally correct you could say "Everybody has his or her own problems." But this can sound a little awkward, and it's now very common for people to use the 3rd person plural possessive as a gender-neutral 2nd person singular. 

So it's generally okay to say "Everybody has their own problems" unless you are writing in a very formal context 

01:20 AM Mar 06 2008 |

Loganat

Albania

Thank you, for your answers. 

Seldom have I encounter "everybody have" form. For instance : "Everybody Have Fun Tonight", a song by Wang Chung.

05:28 AM Mar 06 2008 |

tiffintime

tiffintime

Sri Lanka

Just guessing – if his English is OK, perhaps he is saying something in the "imperative" form. "Everybody, have fun tonight!"  

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imperative

05:49 AM Mar 06 2008 |

sarojini

Sri Lanka

I think every body have their own problem

02:55 AM Mar 11 2008 |