‘Anyplace’ vs. ‘Any Place’: What’s the Difference?

By Kelsey Weeks, updated on July 22, 2023

Although ‘anyplace’ and ‘any place’ can sound the same, which one do we use when we are writing? The only difference between the two is the space between any and place. Does this space always go there?

To have a quick overview:

  • ‘Anyplace’ should not be used in formal writing.
  • ‘Any place’ is the acceptable format for writing.

‘Anyplace’ and ‘any place’ are both used when speaking; only one is used when writing, but there can be alternatives for ‘anyplace’ as well. This article will continue to explain the differences between the two phrases and how they are used.

What is the Difference Between ‘Anyplace’ and ‘Any Place?’

The phrases ‘anyplace’ and ‘any place’ sound the same apart from a pause due to a space. It is common not to pause between the two words when speaking, which is why ‘anyplace’ is used so commonly.

  • ‘Any’ is a determiner which can be used before a noun to clarify.
  • ‘Place’ is the noun being specified so that the reader or listener knows that it is not one specific place, but rather, ‘any place,’ 

Although ‘anyplace’ is accepted in speech, it is not accepted in formal writing. ‘Anyplace’ is considered informal, and it is suggested to use ‘anywhere’ if you would like a one-word phrase instead of two words.

Definition of ‘Anyplace': What Does it Mean?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, ‘anyplace’ is an adverb.

As an adverb, it means:

  • In any place: anywhere

Definition of ‘Any Place': What Does it Mean?

 ‘Any place’ is a noun phrase, ‘place’ with an adjective, ‘any.’

As a noun, it means:

  • A nonspecific location.

Synonyms of ‘Any Place’

  • Anywhere
  • All over
  • Everywhere
  • Wherever
  • In whatever place
  • Around
  • Someplace
  • Any location

Antonyms of ‘Any Place’

  • Nowhere
  • Not anywhere
  • Not in any place
  • Scarce
  • Absent
  • Missing
  • Not at all

Pronunciation: How to Pronounce 'Anyplace’ and ‘Any Place’

Pronunciation of English words can sometimes be tricky to grasp. To pronounce ‘any place,' the space is important in formal settings, with ‘anyplace’ without a pause being accepted in informal settings. Although the pause varies, the words are said the same.

  • The phonetic spelling of 'anyplace' and ‘any place’ is:

                Eh nee plays

When to use ‘Anyplace’ vs. ‘Any Place’

Here are examples of when to use ‘anyplace’ and ‘any place.’

  • Use ‘anyplace’ when texting a friend.

In this example, you could text:

We can meet ‘anyplace’ you want for coffee tomorrow.

  • Use ‘anyplace’ in a casual conversation in place of anywhere.

For example, one can say:

I found this rare item at the local thrift store. You cannot just find something like this at ‘anyplace.’

  • You can use 'any place’ when completing formal writing.

As an example, someone may write in an email:

We can stay at ‘any place’ near the conference site if we can walk to the location. We will not have a car available on the trip. 

  • You can also use ‘any place’ when talking to someone that is not a close friend.

You may tell someone:

I am willing to go to ‘any place’ that has what we need to complete the project.

Sample Sentences Using 'Any Place'

Review these sample sentences to learn to use ‘any place’ when speaking and writing. Remember that this is the formal version of the two.

  • I used to be extremely specific about where I would buy my office supplies, but I have learned that I can find something that I really like at ‘any place’ if I am willing to try something new.
  • She said she supposes I may put the new promotional posters up on the wall ‘any place’ that I think would look good. Will you come with me to make sure they look presentable after I place them?
  • They wanted to plan the next work retreat at ‘any place’ with enough room for the whole staff. So, they are taking suggestions if you have any.
  • Kelly is known for working at ‘any place’ as a contractor if they will promote a positive work environment. I think the fact that she is willing to work for us is a compliment.
  • ‘Any place’ affordable to live in the country is where people are moving to. The housing crisis is changing a lot of lives.
  • I think that she has a food allergy, so we should go to ‘any place’ that can accommodate her nutritional needs. Not everywhere can have a kitchen that does not cross-contaminate.
  • This restaurant is known for having food that they do not have ‘any place’ else in town, even though other restaurants have similar cuisine. I appreciate the effort they put forth.

Sample Sentences Using 'Anyplace'

Review these sample sentences to learn how to use ‘anyplace’ when writing or talking in an informal setting.

  • My friend texted me that she is willing to go ‘anyplace’ that has good vibes. Which place do you think we should go to?
  • I think I can be seen ‘anyplace’ in town if they know I am still visiting my family here.
  • She will go hiking ‘anyplace’ that has a view of the water. I couldn’t imagine her hiking in the desert.
  • Good morning. I was thinking that we could go to 'anyplace' that you want today for the last day of our trip.

Closing Words on ‘Anyplace’ vs. ‘Any Place’

A review on ‘anyplace’ or ‘any place’:

  • The phrase has a different audience depending on whether it has a space.
  • ‘Anyplace’ is an informal phrase meaning anywhere.
  • ‘Any place’ means any location and can be used in both formal and informal settings.

As seen throughout, ‘anyplace’ and ‘any place’ both have a place in the English language. One is more informal, ‘anyplace,’ and one is more formal, ‘any place.’ When speaking, they are only noticed by the pause. Feel free to use this information in ‘any place.

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Written By:
Kelsey Weeks
Kelsey Weeks is currently a school counselor at a high school and a previous English teacher. She loves helping others with literacy, learning more, and exploring nature. She has an undergrad in English with an emphasis on secondary education and an M.A. in Applied Psychology from NYU.

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