Anyone versus Any one

What is the Difference Between Anyone and Any one?


When to Use Anyone

Anyone is an indefinite pronoun that refers to an unspecified person. If you need a person to do something, but it doesn’t really matter which person it is, anyone is the word to use.

Anyone is a synonym of its fellow pronoun anybody. Here are a few examples of its use in real sentences:

  • “Has anyone seen a black car with tinted windows and a vanity plate?” asked the detective.
  • Anyone can kill a monarch, but it takes a true leader to control a nation afterward.

    When to Use Any One

    Any one is not the same as anyone, and the two spellings cannot be used interchangeably. Any one means any single person or thing. Any one emphasizes singularity.

    For example,

  • I cannot think of any one bad idea that you have presented today.

    Any one occasionally appears as a pronoun, but this is relatively uncommon and should be avoided.

    Summary

    Is it anyone or any one? These two spellings are never interchangeable.

    Anyone is a pronoun referring to an unspecified person.
    Any one is a noun phrase that was once used as a pronoun.

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