Anyone or Any One?
Anyone or Any One?What is the difference between "anyone" and "any one"?
- "Anyone" is similar in meaning to "anybody." It is only used for people. For example:
- Would anyone like to order a pizza? ("Anyone" can usually be replaced with "anybody.")
- Would anybody like to order a pizza? )
- "Any one" is similar in meaning to "any." For example:
- I think you will enjoy any one of these films. (In the term "any one," "one" will usually represent a nearby noun. In this example, it represents the noun "film." "Any one" can often be replaced with "any." )
- I think you will enjoy any of these films.
More about "Anyone" and "Any One"Anyone. The word "anyone" is an indefinite pronoun used for people. It is similar to "anybody." So, if you can replace it with "anybody," then "anyone" (as one word) is correct.
Any One. In the term "any one," the word "one" is an indefinite pronoun. However, unlike "anyone," it can be used for anything (not just people). For example:
- Any one of those cars would get you to the coast. (In this example, "one" represents "car.")
- Remove the word "any,"
- Remove the word "one," or
- Use the term "any two."
Read more about indefinite pronouns.
AnyoneHere are some example sentences with "anyone":
- Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. (Physicist Albert Einstein)
- Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. (Author Franz Kafka)
- I distrust camels, and anyone else who can go a week without a drink. (Comedian Joe E Lewis)
Any OneHere are some example sentences with "any one":
- Any one of those cakes is delicious.
- My father never raised his hand to any one of his children, except in self-defense. (Comedian Fred Allen)
- You can't call any one person the devil because no one person has the power to be the devil. (Rapper DMX)
- At any one time, language is a kaleidoscope of styles, genres, and dialects. (Linguist David Crystal)