anyone - anybody

anyone - anybody
You use anyone or anybody to talk about people in general, or about each person of a particular kind. There is no difference in meaning between anyone and anybody.

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 wants me for anything, tell them I'll be back soon.

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 anyone there.

For more information about this use, see entry at ↑ someone - somebody.
'any one'
Do not confuse anyone with any one. You use any one to emphasize that you are referring to only one of something.

That was more money than he had seen at any one time in all his twenty-one years.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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