anyone */*/*/

UK [ˈenɪˌwʌn] / US 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?

I'm not blaming anyone for what happened.

Did he mention anyone special?

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.

Anyone old enough to remember the war will know how important radio was.

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.


English dictionary. 2014.

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