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Apr 3 2009   3:21PM GMT

Which is correct — any time or anytime?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
You can access a file on your hard drive __________ you want.
a. any time
b. anytime

Answer: a

Explanation: Any time is always two words.

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  • Oldclassic70
    "Explanation: Any time is always two words." is incorrect for this usage. It is like saying 'cannot' can only be spelled 'can not'. Anytime is a valid word - see http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/anytime. b. is correct. For a. to be correct, it must read "at any time"
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  • IvyWigmore
    This one seems to break down according to location. I've seen since that "anytime" is not considered wrong in the US, although it's still considered incorrect in Britain. I came across this post recently and thought I should edit it to reflect that duality. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. :) DatSplat has a nice entry about this issue: http://www.datsplat.com/grammar-any-time-versus-anytime-one-word-or-two-words/
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