If you are a careful user of English, avoid anyways because:

  • the original anyway works perfectly
  • any, as I’ve discussed earlier, generally uses singular words. Note that the other words blended with any also use singular words: anytime, anywhere, anyhow, anybody, anyone, anything. I think perhaps that anyway was derived from in any way.
  • anyways is considered informal and colloquial–forgivable in conversations, but not suitable for writing. Using anyways is similar to using wanna instead of want to or using coz instead of because.

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2 thoughts on “Anyway(s)

  1. Hi Ms. Janet!

    In your post on anyway(s). The ‘it’ on the first sentence must be ‘if’. Is there a pun intended since you are talking about being careful about the English language? J


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