Which is correct: Anyway or Anyways


I generally people,say "Anyways, leave this topic, let's go for a coffee..." could you please explain me where to use anyway and where to use anyways... Thanks

asked Aug 08 '12 at 08:03 Gaurav Walia New member

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Anyway is correct. "Anyways" is not a word, but it is used out of ignorance by many.


Many properly educated speakers find "anyways" to be grating on the ear and will think less of the speaker who misuses "anyway" by adding the "s". The Grammar Girl website is full of examples where job applicants were turned away because they used "anyways".


Just because you hear it on television, doesn't make it right or acceptable. Television will often use bad grammar as a way of telling us about a character and her background. Please avoid using "anyways".


Edit: I've added to this answer to elaborate on Rahul's point.


The Oxford Dictionaries take a descriptivist view of the language. They try to describe how the language is being used, not whether that use is right or wrong. Other dictionaries -- notably Funk and Wagnall's -- take a more prescriptive view and only include words/usages they believe to be correct. My answer leans heavily toward the prescriptive camp.


Garner's Modern American Usage (3rd edition, 2009, Oxford University Press) tries to take a middle ground. Where there is disagreement about a word's suitability, Garner's provides a five-step scale ranging from outright rejection to full acceptance. Anyways receives a 3 from Garner's, meaning that while it is widely used informally, it remains substandard and should be avoided by discerning writers and speakers.

link edited Aug 08 '12 at 18:25 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

I am up-voting you, sir. Thanks.

sanjayAug 08 '12 at 14:55

Thank You sir. +1

Rahul GuptaAug 09 '12 at 04:24

Thanks a lot!

Gaurav WaliaAug 09 '12 at 08:51

I am so excited that someone explained this. I have had people in my family and bosses use anyways and it makes me shudder.

Donna J. HendersonSep 12 '14 at 15:08

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It is well said that 'anyways' is a derivative of "Anyway". It is used informally, as Oxford Online Dictionary suggests.


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link answered Aug 08 '12 at 14:19 Rahul Gupta Expert

I am up-voting you, sir.

sanjayAug 08 '12 at 14:55


Gaurav WaliaAug 09 '12 at 08:52

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I have edited by original answer to elaborate on Rahul's answer.

link answered Aug 08 '12 at 18:27 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Thank You sir.

Rahul GuptaAug 09 '12 at 04:24

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Any is singular, and way is singular......anyway.

link answered Jul 31 '14 at 23:08 seair New member

Any is not singular, has to be more than one...like in, pick any one. Way, yes is singular...like in there is only one way to go. Being that "any" is more than one when put with "way" you don't need the s....saying anyways is just plain incorrect. Only word worse is somewheres.

Leah FleshmanSep 18 '14 at 04:12

Any is neither singular nor plural. It's a choice option.I would like to be corrected on this, if I'm wrong.

Sugata SenguptaOct 05 '14 at 12:38

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One would not say, for instance: "Anymore(s)."  Much as was described by the previous example offered of "somewhre(s),"by attaching the morphosyntactical prefix "any"to another ending it becomes easier to distinguish the possibilities. Any, while generally referring to a singular subject (one) can be either singular or plural (some) -depending on its related usage. It is used to meadsure "any" amount greater than zero, or nothing at all. It can also serve as an adverb, such as in "I can't walk any further in these shoes." Finally, any can serve as an adjective, such as the line from the  film The Way We Were: "Any piece but Katie's peace." In that instance any always proceeds a noun. It is often combined with of, e.g., "we don't have any of those left unfortunately."  Thus ends the "Any" saga, for now anyway.

link comment answered Feb 25 at 11:57 James Welch New member

The answer sounds perfect, yet I would add that the author should learn the rule of commas and periods always being placed inside quotation marks. The exceptions are in Wikipedia, due to agreement consensus dictating usage, and in some countries such as Canada and England. Noting that Grammarly is based in Delaware, the rule should apply. 

link comment answered May 20 '14 at 20:04 Danny Smith New member

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