What's the difference between 'anyone' and 'everyone' in the following sentences? And especially in the first sentence, are they both correct?

I know the difference between anyone and everyone. I think in the following sentences, they are interchangeable.

1- I will back anyone/everyone who tries to fight this evil man.

2- Anyone/everyone who has given birth to a baby knows how painful it is.

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    What you think the difference is? They are not interchangeable, just like the adjectives any and every are not interchangeable.
    – Lambie
    May 29, 2018 at 14:17
  • Hello, I don't know in the first sentence what difference it makes. I think in the first sentence they both can be used but I have doubts. In the second sentence I am absolutely sure I can use either one. It will be helpful if you tell me what the difference between the two in the first sentence is. I know in some contexts they both can be used. I think the first sentence is one of those.
    – user254288
    May 29, 2018 at 14:24
  • Anyone who goes to the movie will like it. Everyone who goes to the movie will like it. That should be in any basic bilingual dictionary. They are not interchangeable but both or either can be used.
    – Lambie
    May 29, 2018 at 14:27
  • @Lambie Thank you. I have found a similar sentence to yours telling the difference between "anyone" and "everyone". I know the difference. That's why I told that in the second sentence they both can be used. But my question is, in the first sentence, can they both be used and what's the difference?
    – user254288
    May 29, 2018 at 14:41

1 Answer 1


In the second sentence, they are pretty well interchangeable. In the first sentence, there is a slightly different shade of meaning, which might be increased by the surrounding context. For example:

Someone must stop General Zod! I will back anyone who tries to fight this evil man.

Here, by using the singular someone and the singular anyone, I'm communicating my expectation that that there's going to be a one-on-one confrontation between the evil man and some singular hero.

By contrast:

Hitler will soon move his forces into France. I will back everyone who tries to fight this evil man.

Here, by referencing forces made of many soldiers and using the collective everyone, I'm emphasizing that this is going to be a many-to-many confrontation between the evil man's armies and a collection of heroic soldiers (possibly from many countries) who will fight back.

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    +1 Love the General Zod example!
    – RubioRic
    May 29, 2018 at 14:49
  • So anyone = any singular person, while everyone = every singular person. Nice answer. Good luck with Zod, though. :)
    – Andrew
    May 29, 2018 at 15:08

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