Anytime versus Any Time

When to Use Anytime (One Word)


Anytime, used as a single word, is an adverb, and it has a meaning similar to “whenever,” “at any time,” or “ on any occasion.” Here are a few examples,

  • We can talk anytime you want.

    A good trick to determine if anytime is appropriate to use is to substitute “at any time” into your sentence. If it still makes sense, anytime is correct choice. For example,

  • I can meet anytime on Saturday for lunch.
  • I can meet at any time on Saturday for lunch.

    When to Use Any Time (Two Words)

    Any time, used as two words, is the more versatile of the two constructions, so, if you are ever unsure about which variant is correct for your sentence, pick the two-word any time.

    Any time is a noun phrase, and it has a meaning similar to “any amount of time.” Here are a few examples,

  • Do you have any time tomorrow to help me with my homework?


    Summary

    There is a distinction to be made between any time vs. anytime and the two constructions cannot be used interchangeably.

    Anytime functions as an adverb and means “any time whatsoever.”

    Any time means “any particular amount of time.” It is a noun phrase that can function adverbially. This choice alone should appear after a prepos
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