Tout le monde = Everybody (indefinite pronouns)

Look at these sentences:

Je crois tout le monde
I believe everybody

Tout le monde a une télé       
Everybody has a telly

Tout le monde est gentil       
Everybody is nice

The expression tout le monde is used in French to refer to everyone/everybody.
This expression is always singular.

ATTENTION: 

It is never used to say the whole world, which would be le monde entier.

 

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Examples and resources

Tout le monde est gentil       
Everybody is nice


Tout le monde a une télé       
Everybody has a telly


Je crois tout le monde
I believe everybody


Q&A Forum 5 questions, 9 answers

William C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

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The question is what is the translation of "Tout le monde est parti ensemble"? The answer given is "Everyone left together" but " Everyone left at the same time"means more or less the same thing
Asked 8 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi William,

I see your point but they are describing two different ways of looking at this.

For 'at the same time', you would say -

"Tout le monde est parti en même temps  (or à la même heure)".

which is not quite the same as together ...

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The question is what is the translation of "Tout le monde est parti ensemble"? The answer given is "Everyone left together" but " Everyone left at the same time"means more or less the same thing

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William C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

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The question is what is the translation of <>? The answer given is <> but << Everyone left at the same time>> means more or less the same thing.
Asked 8 months ago
CécileKwiziq team member

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EngeniousC1Kwiziq community member

"Everyone" vs "every one"

I think that English speakers get confused between "everyone" and "every one". Perhaps this lesson might include usage of the phrase "tout en chacun"?
Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
I know "tout un chacun", which is translated as everyone, a more strongly stressed "tout". I am not familiar with "tout en chacun". And I am not familiar with "tout un chacun" meaning "every (single) one". -- Chris (not a native speaker).
CécileKwiziq team member
If I may add to what chris just said - ´ Tout un chacun' is a literary form of ´ tout le monde ´ . You might hear it in a Presidential address or see it written in novels . Hope this helps ....
EngeniousC1Kwiziq community member
Thanks to each and every one of you!

"Everyone" vs "every one"

I think that English speakers get confused between "everyone" and "every one". Perhaps this lesson might include usage of the phrase "tout en chacun"?

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JeanC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Allez tout le monde

If tout le monde is considered singular when conjugating verbs, is " allez tout le monde" correct ? I have seen this written in a French text.
Asked 1 year ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Jean !

That's an interesting question!

The fact is that although its meaning is plural (everybody), the expression itself is singular (all the world).

So when tout le monde is the subject of the verb, this one needs to agree in singular, but when someone is addressing tout le monde, well there's more than one person, so you will address them in the plural:

Tout le monde va à la plage.
Everybody goes to the beach. 

Allez, tout le monde !
Come on, everybody!
I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !
JeanC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Merci Aurélie!

Allez tout le monde

If tout le monde is considered singular when conjugating verbs, is " allez tout le monde" correct ? I have seen this written in a French text.

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MarA2Kwiziq community member

typo: "The expression "tout le monde" is be used in French "

Asked 1 year ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Mar !

Thanks to you, this typo has now been fixed :)

Merci et bonne journée !

RonC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Bonsoir Mar, I don't see a question posted; however, it appears you are referring to «"tout le monde" is be used in French» and it possibly should read «"tout le monde" is used in French».
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typo: "The expression "tout le monde" is be used in French "

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