Any, Errors in the English Language
As document authors, the particle any can often give us a hard time. Whether it is for writing reports, original documents or translating into another language. Let’s have a look at the most common any errors in English.
- Anytime Vs Any time
- The word anytime is often compressed into a single word by analogy with ‘anything’ and similar words.
- Writing tip: Think of anytime as a contraction of at any time. It will become easier to know when to use one or the other.
- Anyway Vs. Any way
- Anyway is an adverb meaning regardless. Any way is just the word way modified by the word any, meaning any manner.
- Writing tip: try to replace it with ‘in any case’. If it fits, use anyway. If not, use the two words.
- Anymore Vs. any more
- Anymore should be used when you mean ‘…does no longer’. Eg: I don’t live here anymore.
- Any more should be used when the words ‘any’ and ‘more’ can be used separately in a sentence. Eg. I can’t eat any more cheesecake.
The STAR Team