Anyway versus Any way

What is the Difference Between Anyway and Any way?


When to Use Anyway

Anyway is an adverb used to express support for something, even if there might be valid reasons not to do so.

A person might know that giving advice to a friend could hurt his feelings, but he gives it anyway because the advice is needed.

Here are more examples,

  • Firefighters do not want to die, but they risk their lives anyway to rescue people from burning buildings.
  • “I don’t have to go to prom with you if I don’t want to, and anyway, you smell funny,” said Zara.
    Anyway is often a transition word between topics, like in these sentences:

  • “Anyway, back to the topic at hand,” said the distracted history teacher.
  • “Anyway, mom, I have to go now,” said Kelly as she tried to end the phone call.

    When to Use Any way

    The two-word any way is not a valid substitute for the adverb anyway. That said, any way does appear as two words in various sentences.

    Here, way means method, and any is an adjective that refers to a total lack of specificity. They make sense in context, but they are clearly not a substitute for the adverb anyway.


    Summary

    Is it anyway or any way? These words cannot be substituted for each another in any context.

    Anyway is an adverb that expresses support or confirmation; it is frequently used as a way to transition between topics.

    Any way is a noun phrase that refers to whichever unspecified method or route will work.

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