anyone


anyone
an|y|one [ `eni,wʌn ] pronoun ***
1. ) usually in negatives or questions used instead of someone when asking or saying whether there is even one person:
Was there anyone at home?
Did he mention anyone special?
I'm not blaming anyone for what happened.
anyone else: Is anyone else coming with us?
2. ) used when it is not important which person you are referring to, because what you are saying applies to everyone, or everyone of a particular type:
Anyone can make a mistake.
If anyone asks for me, tell them I'm busy.
You can invite anyone you like.
anyone else: Sherwood probably knows more than anyone else about the subject.
almost anyone: It was the kind of accident that could happen to almost anyone.
not just anyone
used for referring to someone special:
He's not just anyone he's my best friend.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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