anyplace, noplace, someplace

Preferably spelled as one word, anyplace is an adverb, a colloquial and informal synonym for anywhere. It should be avoided in careful speech and writing. As a noun, anyplace (or any place) is standard: "You may go to anyplace (or any place) you want to." The same restrictions apply to noplace and someplace when they are used adverbially, although both expressions are standard as nouns.

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  • someplace — As is pointed out in the entry ANYPLACE, someplace is not a standard adverb. Write I left my coat somewhere (not someplace). When some is used as an adjective and place as a noun, no error is involved: There must be some place in this town where… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • noplace — See anyplace. See anyplace, noplace, someplace …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • anyplace — See anyplace, noplace, someplace …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • anyplace — /en ee plays /, adv. anywhere. [1915 20; ANY + PLACE] Usage. The adverb ANYPLACE is most often written as one word: Anyplace you look there are ruins. It occurs mainly in informal speech and only occasionally in writing. ANYWHERE is by far the… …   Universalium

  • anyplace — an•y•place [[t]ˈɛn iˌpleɪs[/t]] adv. use anywhere • Etymology: 1915–20 usage: The adverb anyplace is most often written as one word: Anyplace you look there are ruins. It occurs mainly in informal speech and writing. anywhere is by far the more… …   From formal English to slang

  • nowhere — 1. adverb a) In no place. Nowhere did the rules say anything about popcorn. b) To no place. We sat in traffic, going nowhere. Ant: everywhere 2 …   Wiktionary

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