“Everybody goes crazy”. Is the sentence correct?

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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"

Fsalad

Posted 2014-01-28T07:15:17.367

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1The second would be correct only if it represents an imperative. – StoneyB on hiatus – 2016-05-14T14:33:16.493

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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".

nohat

Posted 2014-01-28T07:15:17.367

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2+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). – None – 2014-01-28T08:48:33.240

3well, 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 – 2014-01-28T08:53:14.503

@nohat - I'd probably punctuate it like this: Everybody, go crazy! – J.R. – 2014-01-28T09:22:50.557

@J.R. Is saying “God protect you” instead of saying “God protects you” considered an imperative form? If so is the case would you put punctuation after “God”? To be, “God, protect you”? – Bavyan Yaldo – 2019-12-26T07:50:10.547

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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?

Nitika

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