So which one do you use, anyway or anyways? And what about any way?
We'll take a look at the different meanings here and make the difference clear.
Anyway is an adverb. It can be used to mean one of two things:
In this context, anyway is being used similarly to the word 'regardless'.
The meaning here is to indicate that something happened or will happen in spite of something else, or regardless of something else.
It's common to use it with the word 'but' and it appears at the end of a clause or sentence.
Anyway is used in this way in conversation. It's common for it to appear at the start of the sentence in this case.
The first way is to indicate the return to a previous subject, topic or point that you were talking about, usually the main topic of the conversation.
The other way is to indicate that you are ending the conversation you are having with somebody, or introducing another topic.
For ending a conversation, it's also common to do this in letters or emails you write when you get to the end.
Anyways has exactly the same meaning as anyway, but it is informal or colloquial (used in ordinary or familiar conversation).
So the grammar and examples described above are the same for anyways.
So if anyway and anyways have exactly the same meaning, which one should you use?
You will find both in dictionaries, with the Oxford English Dictionary describing anyways as 'North American informal dialect'.
But you are best to to use Anyway.
Anyway is an informal conversational word, so there is no real reason to use anyways.
Though less common, anyways is not wrong as such, so if you do decide to use it, then do so in a very informal way, but definitely do not use it in any more formal writing or speaking.
This is a completely different meaning to the anyway or anyways, though it is still an adverb.
It means 'by any means possible':
So there is no connection to anyway or anyways.
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