Jan 9th 2013

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Wednesday Word: Anyway vs. Anyways

anyways vs any way

Who knew that a simple S could cause so much confusion? Where and when do we use “anyways,” and is it the same as “anyway”? We often hear “anyways” in conversations, on the news and read it online, but is it correct? NO, and here is why:

“Anyway” is an adverb meaning regardless. Simply put, “anyway” without an S is correct. Always use it without the S.

“Anyways” with the S is considered slang, and is a part of nonstandard, colloquial, or informal English. Furthermore, since “anyway” is an adverb and it is impossible for adverbs to be plural.

In newspapers or in any example of formal writing, you will almost never see the word “anyways” used. If it is used, like in this New York Times article on the New York City Council “anyways” is used to give the article a much more casual tone.

While the examples below SOUND perfectly fine with “anyways” rather than “anyway” they are correct without the “S.”:

1. Anyway, even with all the nice parks, I think that this city is awful.

2. Whose line is it anyway?

3. Even though it costs more, let’s go with the hardwood floor anyway.

Enjoy the rest of the week,

The Ginger Team

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27 Responses to “Wednesday Word: Anyway vs. Anyways”

  1. Susan Green on February 17th, 2013

    I really love this Ginger Program. I had forgotten some of my grammar skills. I wish they had Ginger when I was in school.

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  2. Susan Green on February 17th, 2013

    I love Ginger program. It would make my life better.

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  3. Bihon Muluken on January 2nd, 2015

    I have found it really helpful. Thank you Ginger team.

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  4. Kristen on February 10th, 2015

    Thanks so much for this grammar lesson! lesson!

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  5. mr mogul on August 24th, 2015

    Nice lecture, thanks a lot. I was really confused that these words but am cool now.

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  6. Grammar King on June 4th, 2016

    Your grammar though…

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  7. evgens smith on June 16th, 2016

    Great post. I have several friends that managed to survive CRNA school and I was stressed just watching them. All nursing students and employed nurses could benefit from this wise advice. I particularly appreciate your suggestions on communication.

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    • Isabel on August 6th, 2017

      I decided to look up this word anyway, because the person who wrote me using anyways, he seems to know how to write correctly, but then, I was shocked when I saw in his last message anyways. I’ve always tried to learn the correct English. Thanks for the clarification.

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  8. Sopuruchi on February 20th, 2017

    Thanks for the clarification… I’m always confused when I hear the word “anyways” in news and other media… Thanks you!

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  9. Marianne rondera on February 25th, 2017

    Thank you for this simple explanation. It is really helpful. Satisfied here! :)

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  10. Elgs on May 22nd, 2017

    Furthermore, since “anyway” is an adverb and it is impossible for adverbs to be plural. This statement is not logically correct. Because anyways does not have to be the plural form of anyway, it could as well be another word. Like toward and towards. I’m in no way arguing which is more correct than the other.

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  11. Sylvio F. Bertoli on June 22nd, 2017

    Well done Ginger Team! Clear and straight to the point An excellent tool for those who want to write English in a proper manner. Especially helpful for those, like myself , that were not raised in English speaking countries.

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  12. Mercy lucy on August 6th, 2017

    Thanks, this was really helpful. Thanks for explaining it cos I have heard it in films most times

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    • makey on August 21st, 2017

      the same as me

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  13. Adesh Bhullar on August 8th, 2017

    nice job guys, helping us grammar nazis

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  14. makey on August 21st, 2017

    i feel great to know that meaning. sounds so nice

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  15. Sellally Lawson on December 8th, 2017

    Waoooooo! What a sigh of relief. Thank you loads

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  16. Robert on December 13th, 2017

    Hmm…

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    Furthermore, since “anyway” is an adverb and it is impossible for adverbs to be plural.
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    • Lambaste on October 26th, 2018

      You used the plural form of adverb, rendering the majority of your post irrelevant, if not embarrassing. Unless it was intended to be a paradox. In that case, I passed, since I’m not a robot.

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      • Michael Libman on November 1st, 2018

        Anyways and anyway are not recognized English words.
        Both are vernacular mistakes for “any way” (two words.)
        Anyways is not plural.
        The “s” is what the Oxford English Dictionary describes as “adverbial
        genitive -s” and says “see -wards suffix”.

        Today we almost always use “always” (adverb), with an s, rather than the
        original form “alway”, without an s.

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  17. G.Giriprasad on January 19th, 2018

    Nice explanation

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  18. Pierre on February 10th, 2018

    I absolutely am in favor of not diverging ways to write and pronounce some words. This is a big one to me, since I have the impression that 50% says ‘anyways’. I think that an ‘s’ at the end is not required due to ‘any’ at the beginning, which is the plural part. The ones using ‘anyways’ instead of the one and solely correct ‘anyway’ should try practising the following during brushing of the teeth:

    ‘anythings’, ‘anymores’, ‘anytimes’, ‘anywheres’ and use them all day long. At the end of that day re-evaluate the use of ‘anyways’, taking it out of ones vocabulary for good!! Anyone?

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  19. Stephen on May 27th, 2018

    “Anyways” seems to be a North American slang. I haven’t heard it anywhere else (thank goodness). What’s particularly weird about it is that, even though it’s slang, it’s LONGER than the correct word, LOL.

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  20. iwori faithful on August 3rd, 2018

    Your Comment Here…interesting

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  21. Marnie on August 12th, 2018

    Anyways is not correct English and sounds horrible…. I think ..

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  22. Opoku Dickson on January 9th, 2019

    I love the feedback given on the anyway and anyways

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  23. Mehdi on February 18th, 2019

    Great and helpful. Thanks

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