Do you know the difference between “anytime” and “any time”? Check this post and find out.
According to Writing Explained, “anytime” means “whenever,” and “any time” means “any particular amount of time.”
Anytime is an adverb:
- We can talk anytime you want.
- The train should be leaving anytime now.
The two-word any time, on the other hand, is a noun phrase:
- I don’t have any time to read now that I got this new job.
- You never make any time for us.
However, it can also function adverbially when preceded by a preposition/prepositional phrase:
- I can hang out at any time tomorrow night.
Even if anytime and any time can both function adverbially, they cannot be used interchangeably as the former cannot follow a preposition/prepositional phrase:
- I can hang out at anytime tomorrow night. (WRONG)
- I can hang out anytime tomorrow night. (CORRECT)
This is because prepositions take objects, and only a noun or a noun phrase can be the object of a preposition, not an adverb.
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