Common Confusion: Any one & Anyone

The phrase any one is often confused with the word anyone. It’s easy to understand why! After you know the rule, however, it’s pretty simple to keep them straight.

Anyone is an indefinite pronoun and refers to any person, not any individual. The adjective phrase any one refers to specific people or things that are unidentified.

Examples: 

  • Anyone who would like to attend next month’s conference can sign up by emailing Craig.
  • Please select any one of the items listed below for your “lunch and learn” meal.
  • Anyone can tell you that micromanagement leads to unhappy employees.
  • I feel that any one of our three candidates would excel in this role.
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