Any vs Ever - What's the difference?

any | ever |

As adverbs the difference between any and ever

is that any is to even the slightest extent, at all while ever is always.

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).

As an adjective ever is

(epidemiology) occurring at any time, occurring even but once during a timespan.



(wikipedia any)

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.





    (wikipedia ever)


  • Always.
  • :
  • *
  • *:“A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron;. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, and from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever -renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff, retroussé moustache.
  • At any time.
  • :
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=3 , passage=Now all this was very fine, but not at all in keeping with the Celebrity's character as I had come to conceive it. The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself. In fact I thought the whole story fishy, and came very near to saying so.}}
  • In any way.
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  • (lb)
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  • Derived terms

    (terms derived from ever) * e’er * everchanging * everlasting * everloving * evermind * ever-present * ever since * ever smoker * ever so * every * forever, for ever, for ever more * for ever and ever, forever and ever * happily ever after * however * never * never ever * whatever * whatsoever * whenever * whichever * whoever


  • (epidemiology) Occurring at any time, occurring even but once during a timespan.
  • * 1965 , Reuben Hill, The family and population control: a Puerto Rican experiment in social change
  • This family empathy measure is highly related to ever use of birth control but not to any measure of continuous use.