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English definition of “any”


adverb     /ˈen.i/
B1 at all or in the least: Can't you run any faster? Those trousers don't look any different from the others. Are you feeling any better after your illness? Houses in this area used to be a real bargain, but they're not cheap any more (= now). This radio isn't any good (= it's useless) - I'll have to buy another. I used to walk to work every day, but not any longer (= not now).US informal I tried talking him out of it, but that didn't help any - he still left home.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions Grammar:AnyAny is a determiner and a pronoun.See moreGrammar:Any as a determinerWe use any before nouns to refer to indefinite or unknown quantities or an unlimited entity:See moreGrammar:Any as a pronounAny can be used as a pronoun (without a noun following) when the noun is understood.See moreGrammar:Any ofWe use any with of before articles (a/an, the), demonstratives (this, these), pronouns (you, us) or possessives (his, their):See moreGrammar:Not any and noAny doesn’t have a negative meaning on its own. It must be used with a negative word to mean the same as no.See moreGrammar:Any or every?We use any and every to talk about the total numbers of things in a group. Their meanings are not exactly the same:See moreGrammar:Any and comparativesWe use any with comparative adjectives and adverbs:See moreGrammar:Any: typical errorsSee moreGrammar:Some and anyWe use some and any in different types of clauses.See more
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