Yes, the any way / anyway / anyways word confusion is confusing. Noting the differences between these words is only one of the ways in which a writer can self-edit his or her work as there is a distinct difference when using words singly as a phrase or coupling them as a compound word.
Any way you can give your work a leg up is a positive. Anyway, you should consider bookmarking this post for future reference.
Anyways, this particular confusion is not with anyway alone. A few of the other similar confusions include into vs in to“, “onto vs on to“, “awhile vs a while“, “downstairs vs down stairs“, and “however vs how ever“.
With some of these words, coupling them or using them singly provides a different meaning. With others, such as down stairs, it simply doesn’t exist. Yet.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Answers.com; Dailing Writing Tips; Merriam-Webster; English Plus.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|A paired Adjective + Noun||Compound word
* Adverbs cannot be plural
|If the words in the can be substituted for any, the two-word phrase is called for
When any and way are side by side in a sentence, it indicates that alternate means or modes are acceptable
|An inevitable conclusion regardless of the means of attempt
Despite something that has been stated before
|Colloquial corruption of anyway
Considered nonstandard, it should be avoided altogether in formal writing and only used as dialog to depict an unlettered person.
|He’ll try to accomplish this any way he can.
We couldn’t get there any way.
Finish the job any way you choose.
I don’t know of any way to fix it.
|Anyway, he’ll try to accomplish this.
We couldn’t get there anyway.
Nobody wanted Amelia to come, but she showed up anyway.
The road got worse, but they kept going anyway.
I didn’t expect her to say yes, but I asked her anyway.
He’s far from perfect, but she loves him anyway.
|So, anyways, we all thought we’d go fishin’.|
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: 13th century|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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