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October 12, 2009


Mike Consol


I would add to your recommendations the book "Painless Grammar" by Rebecca Elliott, Ph.D. It's an excellent book for those who skipped English class in mind or body.


Mike, thanks for the recommendation. I have the book, but I confess I haven't looked at it closely. Your suggestion encourages me to dig in.


Thank you so much for clarifying. Your explanations and examples are extremely helpful!


Great,fluent and simple explanation, Thank you.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

You are welcome.



Thank you. Your explanation hit the spot to answer my immediate question and now I've discovered your site, I plan to explore it some more. I'm an English trainer in France and the topics you address are very pertinent for me. I'll be back ANYTIME I have similar questions.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Welcome, Claire. I am happy to be helpful.


A Jones

I've read that "anytime" is an American casualism. And, although "anytime" is often compressed into a single word by analogy with “anywhere” and similar words, “any time” is traditionally a two-word phrase.


Good and quick answer to a common tricky English grammar problem.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Yhwhyeshua, I am glad you found the explanation helpful.



Hi Lynn,
When writing these are the timecards for this week...One word or two?

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Krista, I believe you are asking about "timecards."

I am on vacation this week and away from my reference books. However, a quick check of online resources indicates that "time cards" (two words) is more common.



Thank you so much! Now I understand the difference. :-)

Sergio Felix

Thank you Lynn.

I was replying to a business e-mail and I couldn't figure out what was the right choice for my scenario.

Your explanation was top notch, thank you!


Jon Stephens

This is the second time I have came across your website while looking for an answer to tricky spelling usage. Your posts have been very helpful and the examples are clear and concise. Thanks again and I'll be sure to return next time I need help.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hello, Sergio. I am glad to have been helpful.


Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Jon. Thank you for your positive words. I am glad to be helpful.

You may want to purchase the desktop version of "60 Quick Word Fixes," which I mentioned at the end of the blog post. It can keep you out of word-choice trouble.



Hi, Lynn.

You have clarified the difference between the two very well. As an American copywriter, I can vouch for the fact that the one-word version of "anytime" is quickly, and unfortunately, taking precedent over the two-word version in any and all grammatical situations. In fact, our version of Microsoft Word now corrects you if you do not use the one word version. The same can be said for the word(s) "some time" and "sometime". This is regrettable, because there is clearly a distinction between the two, as you have shown.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Ken. Thank you for your intelligent comment.

I just used my Word 2010 grammar and spelling checker to check a few sentences with both versions of "anytime." It did not flag any of them, whether correct or incorrect.

Perhaps you can adjust your grammar and spelling checker so it does not flag non-errors.


Johnny tan

Your explanations are very clear. Thank you.
Can I ask you other questions if I have about grammar?

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Johnny. Please search the blog first. There is a search box in the upper right corner.

If you cannot find the answer to your question, ask it. I will do my best to answer with the time I have available.



can I answer "thank you" with "any time" ?
what the differences between "you're welcome" and "any time" ?

thank you :)

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Kai. You can use "Anytime" as a response in place of "You're welcome." Just be sure to capitalize it and type it as one word.



Thank you! I did, indeed, stop and consider the difference before writing. (And continued to write after finding this article!)

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Thanks, Leila. I appreciate your clever comment.


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