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    #1

    any one = two choices

    Hi,

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    A: Which newspapers would you like to read - The Times or The Guardian?
    B: Any one. / Either one.

    I know using 'either one' as an answer would be OK, but I'd like to ask if we can use 'any one' if there are two choices or not.

    Thanks.

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    Re: any one = two choices

    A. "Newspapers" should be "newspaper".
    B. Only "either one" works.

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    Re: any one = two choices

    Many thanks for the answer. May I ask one more thing?

    According to Longman Dictionary (http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/either_1) 'either . . . or' is ''used to begin a list of two or more possibilities.'' So if there are three or more choices, can we use 'either' as well as 'any'? For example,

    A: Which newspaper would you like to read - The Times or The Guardian or The Sun?
    B: Any one. / Either one.

    I think both answers would be OK. Am I right?

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    #4

    Re: any one = two choices

    If we are talking about three newspapers then I would say any of them or any of the three. (American English)

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    Re: any one = two choices

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post

    According to Longman Dictionary (http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/either_1) 'either . . . or' is ''used to begin a list of two or more possibilities.''
    Why did you ask if you already knew what the dictionary said?

    In any case, Longman is not regarded as one of the the most reliable of dictionaries.

    Click here and read the usage note for an in-depth explanation.

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    Re: any one = two choices

    I also like the usage notes in The American Heritage dictionary.

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