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Libertad Writing Tips: Any one or Anyone

Any one or Anyone

The writing industry is full of experts, mostly people with useless degrees from very expensive universities they didn’t have to pay for. For this reason, 99% of the advice for writers online is either wrong, an oversimplification or has obviously been regurgitated by someone who didn’t really understand what they had been taught in the first place. If you are sick of looking up a point of English and finding you have wasted ten minutes of your life listening to an idiot then this blog is for you.

Here at Libertad, we subscribe to Einstein’s theory of explanation, if you can’t make a complicated subject sound easy then you don’t really understand it. But, here’s the thing. Like you, like everyone, we are a ‘work-in-progress‘ and one of the reasons we love what we do is the fact that we are all learning together – every day.

Below you will find some of the mistakes we’ve made and the simple ways we use to remember the correct answer. These tips have not made us rich, but they have made us better writers.

Let us know if you have any secret hacks, answers or questions and we will write these blogs together. Updates weekly!

Any one is a term that means any single object or person.

  • Any one of those fools could be the next in charge. (Both any and one are referring to ‘fools’.)
  • Any one of these films would keep you entertained. (Both any and one are referring to ‘films’.)
  • The teacher never raised her voice to any one of her students. (Both any and one are referring to ‘students’.)

Anyone is only used for people and is just like saying ‘anybody’. Anyone is used more commonly in writing and therefore a little more formal.

  • Would anyone like to order a drink? (Would anybody like to order a drink?)
  • Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. (Anybody can hold the helm when the sea is calm.)
  • Does anyone have the correct time? (Does anybody have the correct time?)

Libertad final note:

Knowing which one to use – remove the word ‘any’ or the word ‘one’ and if it still makes sense, then you need the two words ‘any one’.

Libertad practice questions:

  1. ……………. (Any one/Anyone) of you in the classroom may choose ……………. (any one/anyone) of the films to take home and watch.
  2. Has ………………. (any one/anyone) seen a black dog wearing a red collar?
  3. …………… (Any one/Anyone) of those handbags would look great with your outfit.
  4. If …………… (any one/anyone) of your friends can help, I would really appreciate it.
  5. Did ……………… (any one/anyone) see who moved my coat from the sofa?
  6. Do you know ……………. (any one/anyone) that could give me a lift into town?
  7. Is there …………… (any one/anyone) here that would like ……………… (any one/anyone) of these books to read?

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