Anything or Any Thing?
Anything or Any Thing?What is the difference between "anything" and "any thing"?
- "Anything" means a thing of any kind. It is similar in meaning to "something." For example:
- I cannot see anything.
- Is there anything you need?
- "Any thing" (which is rare) is used when you need to emphasize that you are referring to an object (as opposed to a person, animal, or idea). For example:
- You can hide the ball inside any thing. You cannot give it to a person.
More about "Anything" and "Any Thing"
Anything"Anything" (one word) is a pronoun that means a thing of any kind (i.e., a thing, no matter what it is).
- Positive anything is better than negative nothing. (Author Elbert Hubbard)
- When the sun is shining, I can do anything; no mountain is too high. (Athlete Wilma Rudolph)
- A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. (Physicist Albert Einstein)
Any ThingThe two-word version ("any thing") is used to emphasize that you are referring to any object, as opposed to any person, animal, or idea.
- If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred. (Poet Walt Whitman) ("Any thing" (two words) can often be substituted with "any one thing.")
- You may not take pictures of people, but you can take a picture of any thing.
- He blurts any related thing that comes into his head.
- Every movie is like a little company, and any little thing can ruin it. (Businessmen Ryan Kavanaugh)
- Any things left unattended will be removed.