Should we be sweet enough and let them stay together or be cruel and separate them? Do they mean the same thing? Are they interchangeable? Does it even make a difference how we write them? Are these some of the questions that haunt you when faced with certain English words?
Take the case of ‘anyone’ and ‘everyone,’ or wait a minute, is it ‘any one’ and ‘every one?’ Well, it can be both. ‘Anyone’ is a pronoun and means ‘any person or people’ (e.g.: anyone can earn money), whereas ‘any one’ means ‘any single person or thing’ (e.g.: employees are allowed up to 20 holidays in any one year).
Let us look now look at ‘everyone’ that has a similar logic as ‘anyone.’ ‘Everyone’ is a pronoun and means ‘every person’ (e.g.: everyone had a great time), whereas ‘every one’ means ‘each one’ (e.g.: he visited every one of his friends whenever he visited India).
While on the topic, I cannot help up mention how the word ‘cannot’ cannot be written as ‘can not.’ Although it might look obvious, I have seen it far to often to not bring it up. Hope things are now clear to everyone 🙂