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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).

As a noun the is

tea (variant of : ).

any

English

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Alternative forms

* anie (obsolete)

Adverb

(-)
  • 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.

    Determiner

    (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

    Pronoun

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

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    *

    the

    English

    Alternative forms

    * e (archaic): variant spelling of the . * (archaic) * da, teh, le (informal) * t' (Northern England)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .

    Article

    (head)
  • I’m reading the''' book.'' (Compare ''I’m reading '''a book. )
    The''' street in front of your house.'' (Compare '''''A street in Paris. )
    The''' men and women watched '''the''' man give '''the''' birdseed to '''the bird.
  • Used before an object considered to be unique, or of which there is only one at a time.
  • No one knows how many galaxies there are in the universe.
    God save the Queen!
  • That apple pie was the best.
  • * 1994 , Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom , Abacus 2010, page 536:
  • Stern and God-fearing, the Afrikaner takes his religion seriously.
  • Feed the''' hungry, clothe '''the''' naked, comfort '''the''' afflicted, and afflict '''the comfortable.
  • Used to indicate a certain example of (a noun) which is most usually of concern, or most common or familiar.
  • No one in the whole country had seen it before.
    I don't think I'll get to it until the morning.
  • A stone hit him on the head. (= “A stone hit him on his head.”)
  • That is'' the ''hospital to go to for heart surgery.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012
  • , date=May 27 , author=Nathan Rabin , title=TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992) , work=The Onion AV Club , url=http://www.avclub.com/articles/new-kid-on-the-block,75341/ , page= , passage=“New Kid On The Block” doubles as a terrific showcase for the Sea Captain who, in the grand tradition of Simpsons supporting characters, quickly goes from being a stereotype to an archetype, from being a crusty sea-captain character to the crusty sea-captain character.}}
    Usage notes
    The word the precedes proper nouns in a number of cases, although most proper nouns use no article. There are always exceptions. See also for more information. ; Countries ** As a general rule, country names are not preceded by the . There are a few exceptions, most of which are pluralised: * The Netherlands * The Bahamas * The Solomon Islands * The Maldives * The Seychelles * The Philippines * The Yemen (can also be used without an article) * The Sudan (can also be used without an article) * The Ukraine (article dropped since 1991) * The Lebanon (usually used without the article) ** Names of countries containing specifications like kingdom', '''republic etc are used with ''the : * The United States * The United Kingdom * The United Arab Emirates * The Czech Republic ; Place names ** Some place names use a definite article * All oceans (The Atlantic Ocean, The Pacific Ocean) * All seas (The Red Sea, The Bering Sea, The Caribbean Sea), and straits (The Strait of Magellan, the Bering Strait, The Bosphorus) * All rivers (The Amazon, The Nile, The Mississippi, The Seine, The Yangtze), canals (The Panama Canal, The Suez Canal) and deltas (The Nile Delta, The Orinoco Delta, The Colorado River Delta) * All art galleries (The Tate, The Louvre, The Smithsonian American Art Museum), all museums with the word museum in the name (The National Museum of Natural History, The British Museums) * Most English-language newspapers (The New York Times, The Guardian, The Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal) ; Bands ** Musical bands with a plural name are generally used with the : * The Beatles * The Rolling Stones ; Universities ** University names beginning with the word "University", and some other university names, are used with the : * The University of North Carolina * The Ohio State University * When used before an adjective which is not followed by a noun, it may refer to a group of people for which the adjective is appropriate: ** the Scottish = Scots ** the rich = rich people (considered as a group)
    Derived terms
    * nevertheless * nonetheless * the heck * the hell * the man * the one

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .

    Adverb

    (-)
  • With a comparative or more and a verb phrase, establishes a parallel with one or more other such comparatives.
  • The''' hotter, '''the better.
    The''' more I think about it, '''the weaker it looks.
    The''' more money donated, '''the''' more books purchased, and '''the more happy children.
    It looks weaker and weaker, the more I think about it.
  • It was a difficult time, but I’m the wiser for it.
    It was a difficult time, and I’m none the wiser for it.
    I'm much the wiser for having had a difficult time like that.

    See also

    * a * an * (slang) da * (slang) de * t’ * that * this *

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