Anything or Any Thing?

What Is the Difference between "Anything" and "Any thing"?

"Anything" and "any thing" sound the same, but they have different meanings. So, that space is important! "Anything" and "any thing" are not interchangeable.
The Quick Answer


(pronoun) "something"
  • Tell me anything you remember from your childhood. correct tick

Any Thing

(noun phrase) "any object" or "something that is not a person"
  • There are unusual people and strange objects in the room. Put a sticker on any thing that could be related to the investigation. Do not put a sticker on a person. correct tick
  • (This is a rare term.)
anything or any thing difference
"Anything" and "any thing" are easy to confuse because they sound identical. "Anything" means "a thing of any kind." It is similar in meaning to "something." "Any thing" is a rare term. It is used to emphasize that you are referring to an object (as opposed to a person, animal, or idea). It means "any object." For example:
  • I cannot see anything.
  • Is there anything you need?
  • You can hide the ball inside any thing. You cannot give it to a person.

Quick Test on Anything and Any Thing

It's your go. Select the correct one:


"Anything" (one word) is a pronoun that means a thing of any kind (i.e., a thing, no matter what it is).

Examples of "anything" in sentences:
  • Positive anything is better than negative nothing. correct tick (Author Elbert Hubbard)
  • When the sun is shining, I can do anything; no mountain is too high. correct tick (Athlete Wilma Rudolph)
  • A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. correct tick (Physicist Albert Einstein)

Any Thing

The two-word version ("any thing") is used to emphasize that you are referring to any object, as opposed to any person, animal, or idea.

Examples of "any thing" in sentences:
  • If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred. (Poet Walt Whitman) correct tick
  • ("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. correct tick
In the term "any thing," "any" is an indefinite adjective modifying the noun "thing." If there are any other adjectives modifying "thing," then you need "any thing" not "anything."

  • 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)
There is no such word as "anythings." Therefore, if "things" is plural, then you need "any things." For example:
  • Any things left unattended will be removed.
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.