English as a Second Language/ANY + THING VS ANYTHING

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Hi Amy,

Could you help me here?

any thing vs anything
every day vs everyday

Also could you add more similar to these separate and combine words examples with explanations. Thank you. This will definitely be a great help. Have an nice day.


Bernard

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Bernard,

again, I'll try my best:

Any thing - means whatever object.

Examples:

You can take any of those things, but please leave the boxes.
Bring me any (one) thing that belonged to his friend.

Anything can be a noun, a pronoun or an adverb. See the links below for definitions and examples:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/anything
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/anything


Everyday is an adjective used to describe things that a) occur daily, or b) are ordinary or common.

Every day, is an adverbial phrase (usually) where the adjective every modifies the noun day. It means each day.

As a rule of thumb, when  you’re unsure as to which one to use, try replacing everyday/every day with each day. If each day makes sense in its place, then you want to use every day (the two words).

Examples:

Einstein's relativity theory might be a difficult topic for everyday people.

You shouldn't wear your everyday clothes on such a special occasion.

My best friend walks her dog every day.

Every day spent away from her kids passes so slowly for her.

Once again, I hope this helps.
Looking forward to hearing from you in the future.

Best,
Amy

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