Anything and Any Thing

What is the difference between anything and any thing?

The pronoun anything means a thing of any kind. (Of note, the word anything is far more common than any thing.)

The two-word version (any thing) is used:

Anything and Any Thing

There is often confusion over anything and any thing.


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


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: 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 as opposed to anything.

Example: There is no such word as anythings. Therefore, if things is plural, then you need any things.

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