A vs Any - What's the difference?

a | any |

As a letter a

is the letter a with a tilde.

As an adverb any is

to even the slightest extent, at all.

As a determiner any is

at least one; of at least one kind one at all.

As a pronoun any is

any thing(s) or person(s).



Etymology 1

From (etyl) letter .


  • The first letter of the .
  • See also
    (Latn-script) *


  • (Marks the first item in a list)
  • A . Go to the store. B. Get some food. C. Return home. D. Eat.
  • A hypothetical item or person designated first when there are more than one.
  • Person A had 5 apples, and person B...
  • The hexadecimal digit for 10
  • 0x0000000A
    The value is hexadecimal A 0, or decimal 160.
  • A standard size of dry cell battery slightly larger than a AA battery.
  • A system of paper sizes with similar proportions, as , etc.
  • See also
    * (previous) , (next) B

    Etymology 2

    Abbreviation of various terms.


  • Symbol for the element Argon (Since 1956 has been changed to Ar).
  • area
  • Abbreviation

    (Abbreviation) (head)
  • ampere, a unit of electrical current.
  • IUPAC 1-letter abbreviation for adenine in genetic code.
  • IUPAC 1-letter abbreviation for alanine in proteins.
  • Austria
  • See also

    {{Letter, page=A , NATO=Alpha , Morse=·– , Character=A1 , Braille=? }} Image:Latin A.png, Capital and lowercase versions of A , in normal and italic type File:Fraktur letter A.png, Uppercase and lowercase A in Fraktur File:UncialA-01.svg, A in uncial script





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    Alternative forms

    * anie (obsolete)


  • To even the slightest extent, at all.
  • I will not remain here any longer.
    If you get any taller, you'll start having to duck through doorways!
  • * 1934 , edition, ISBN 0553278193, page 58:
  • I wasn't any too easy in my mind.


    (en determiner)
  • At least one; of at least one kind. One at all.
  • :
  • *Bible, (w) xi. 27
  • *:No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts,
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.}}
  • No matter what kind.
  • :
  • *
  • *:This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. In complexion fair, and with blue or gray eyes, he was tall as any Viking, as broad in the shoulder.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Welcome to the plastisphere , passage=Plastics are energy-rich substances, which is why many of them burn so readily. Any organism that could unlock and use that energy would do well in the Anthropocene. Terrestrial bacteria and fungi which can manage this trick are already familiar to experts in the field.}}

    Derived terms

    * any and all * any old * any press is good press * any time * anybody * anyhow * anymore * anyone * anyplace * anyroad * anything * anytime * anyway * anywhen * anywhence * anywhere * anywhither * anywho * anywhom * in any case * just any

    See also

    * some


  • Any thing(s) or person(s).
  • Any may apply.