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What kind of verb should be placed after 'Everybody' - singular or plural?

Is it necessary to place 's/es' after a verb?

For example, which of the following sentences is correct?

  1. "Everybody goes crazy"

  2. "Everybody go crazy"

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The second would be correct only if it represents an imperative. – StoneyB May 14 at 14:33
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Everybody is singular, therefore it takes singular verb forms, and "everybody goes crazy" is correct. "Everybody go crazy" would only be correct for a command, as the third-person singular imperative form of "go" is "go".

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+1 for mentioning imperative. If the sentence was an imperative wouldn't the correct punctuation be: Everybody, go crazy. (with a comma, exclamation mark being optional). – Laure Jan 28 '14 at 8:48
well, you have many different choices of punctuation. You could put a dash ("Everybody—go crazy"), a colon ("Everybody: go crazy"), or, yes, a comma ("Everybody, go crazy"). Of course, in speech there is no punctuation, so if we're just talking about whether the sequence of words "everybody go crazy" is grammatical or not, it is. – nohat Jan 28 '14 at 8:53
@nohat - I'd probably punctuate it like this: Everybody, go crazy! – J.R. Jan 28 '14 at 9:22

Both sentences, ''Everybody goes crazy'' and ''Everybody go crazy'' are grammatically correct.

While the former means that everybody has the tendency of getting crazy in a given situation, the latter refers to a command or statement asking everybody that they should go crazy.

Hope it makes sense?

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