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any person at all: Has anyone seen my book?
Not to be confused with:
any one – any single member of a group: Any one of you might be affected by the changes.
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 (ĕn′ē-wŭn′, -wən)
Any person.
Usage Note: Anyone and anybody are singular terms and always take a singular verb. · The one-word form anyone is used to mean "any person." The two-word form any one is used to mean "whatever one (person or thing) of a group." Anyone may join means that admission is open to everybody. Any one may join means that admission is open to one person only. When followed by of, only any one can be used: Any one (not anyone) of the boys could carry it by himself. · Anyone is often used in place of everyone in sentences like She is the most thrifty person of anyone I know. This usage is frowned upon by a majority of the Usage Panel, with 60 percent rejecting it in 2001, almost the same percentage that rejected it in 1964, when 64 percent rejected it. The misgivings about the usage may stem from the fact that the phrase of anyone can be dropped with essentially no change in meaning. See Usage Note at they.
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(ˈɛnɪˌwʌn; -wən)
1. any person; anybody
2. (used with a negative or a question) a person of any importance: is he anyone in this town?.
3. (often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who
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(ˈɛn iˌwʌn, -wən)

any person at all; anybody: Did anyone see the accident?
usage: anyone as a pronoun meaning “anybody” or “any person at all” is written as one word. The two-word phrase any one means “any single member of a group of persons or things” and is often followed by of: Any one of these books is exciting reading. anyone is somewhat more formal than anybody. See also each, they.
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1. 'anyone' and 'anybody'

You use anyone or anybody to talk about people in general, or about each person of a particular kind.

Anyone can miss a plane.
Anybody can go there.
If anyone asks where you are, I'll say you've just gone out.
If anybody calls, tell them I'll be back soon.

There is no difference in meaning between anyone and anybody, but anybody is more common in spoken English.

2. used in questions and negatives

Anyone and anybody are very commonly used in questions and negative sentences.

Was there anyone behind you?
There wasn't anybody in the room with her.
For more information, see someone - somebody
3. 'any one'

Don't confuse anyone with any one. You use any one to emphasize that you are referring to only one of something.

There are about 350,000 properties for sale at any one time in Britain.
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pronoun a soul, any person, NE1 (S.M.S.) I won't tell anyone I saw you here.
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أي شَخْصأي شَخْص، شَخْص ماأَيُّ شَخْصكُل شَخْص
cualquieraalguiennadie (in negative sentences)
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(ˈeni) pronoun, adjective
1. one, some, no matter which. `Which dress shall I wear?' `Wear any (dress)'; `Which dresses shall I pack?' `Pack any (dresses)'.
2. (in questions and negative sentences etc) one, some. John has been to some interesting places but I've never been to any; Have you been to any interesting places?; We have hardly any coffee left.
every. Any schoolboy could tell you the answer.
at all; (even) by a small amount. Is this book any better than the last one?; His writing hasn't improved any.
ˈanybody, ˈanyone pronoun
1. (in questions, and negative sentences etc) some person. Is anybody there?
2. any person, no matter which. Get someone to help – anyone will do.
3. everyone. Anyone could tell you the answer to that.
ˈanyhow adverb
1. anyway. Anyhow, even if the problem does arise, it won't affect us.
2. in a careless, untidy way. Books piled anyhow on shelves.
ˈanything pronoun
1. (in questions, and negative sentences etc) some thing. Can you see anything?; I can't see anything.
2. a thing of any kind. You can buy anything you like; `What would you like for your birthday?' `Anything will do.'
ˈanyway adverb
nevertheless; in spite of what has been or might be said, done etc. My mother says I mustn't go but I'm going anyway; Anyway, she can't stop you.
ˈanywhere adverb
in any place at all. Have you seen my gloves anywhere?; I can't find them anywhere; `Where will I put these?' `Anywhere will do.'
at any rate
at least. It's a pity it has started to rain, but at any rate we can still enjoy ourselves at the cinema; The Queen is coming to see us – at any rate, that's what John says.
in any case
nevertheless. I don't believe the story but I'll check it in any case.
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أَيُّ شَخْص někdo nogen irgendjemand κανένας alguien, cualquiera kukaan quiconque itko nessuno 誰でも 아무도 iemand noen ktokolwiek ninguém, qualquer pessoa кто-нибудь någon ใครสักคน herhangi biri bất cứ ai 任何一个
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