Vocabulary Tips (어휘 팁): Anytime or Any Time?

Do you know the difference between “anytime” and “any time”? Check this post and find out.

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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.

To know more about this topic, click here.


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