Any way that I can help?
Anyway, any way, sometime, some time, everyone, every one… These are just a few examples that can cause writers and readers confusion. Do you have trouble deciding when to use which form? Or, do you always use the single word, not realizing that there is a two-word option? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, this article is for you!
Let’s look at the single-word versions first and their definitions:
Anyway is an adverb, meaning anyhow, regardless, in any case.
Sometime is an adverb, meaning at an indefinite future time.
Everyone is a pronoun, meaning everybody, all.
Any, some, every – These are all adjectives. They describe nouns. So, when the words way, time and one appear after them, the structure, and therefore the meaning, changes. Compare the single-word meanings above with the following:
Any way: Is there any (insert: possible) way that you could get that report to me? Do you know of any way that we can get this done?
Some time: It will take some time for me to finish this project. I need some time to think about this. Each instance is referencing a degree of time. You could substitute one of the following for the word some in these instances: a lot of, not much…
Every one: You must tell every (each) one of the patients about this project. You might be telling everyone, but this sentence speaks to each one of a certain group. Please be sure to indicate every one of the possible side effects of that medicine.
Other examples include anytime and any time, anyone and any one, everybody and every body.
Just a side note—Anyways is described in the dictionary as archaic or dialect. Might want to stay away from that one altogether!
Just a thought.
Hi ladies, are you sick and tired of your male best friends always whining and complaining that they can’t find a girl who’s fun to hang out with and appreciates every little part of their quirky personality? Are you done with jumping up down in front of them trying to get them to realise, you ARE the girl who’ll appreciate everything about them and yes, you do have boobs?
Well, jump into the zone. The Friend Zone. I’ve been hanging out here for for quite sometime. I’ll show you around if you like. Here we have the Bar of Bitterness, and over there we have the Lounge of Failed Relationships-Because-None-Of-Them-Was-Ever-With-The-Guy-You-Really-Wanted. It’s a ridiculous name, I know, but we’ve grown attached to it. Any way, take a seat, relax a little. You may be here a while. If you’re not willing to wait, I’ll gladly show you the door. But I can’t leave, you see. Due to my mannerisms and nature, I’ve been deemed the perfect bar tender for this establishment.
Any way, I ain’t bitter. I’ll be fine. The Friend Zone has treated me as gently as it can allow. And every once in a while, I get a little bonus on the side.
So guys and girls, shut the fuck up and quit your whining. If there’s someone already beside you who can make you smile, take advantage of that. Tell them “Holy shit man, I didn’t realize until right this moment how much I fucking love you. And then. Go crazy. Fuck their brains out. And if you were truly best friends before, there shouldn’t be much stopping you from being best friends after.
I just finished watching HIMYM, and I have to say, it probably has some of the best continuity out of any show I've ever seen.
I mean, they’re referencing things in season 7 that happened in season 1.
And they’re always referencing things that will happen in future episodes/seasons and it always happens.
It makes me happy.