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  1. Newbie
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    One word or two? Anyone? Every one?

    Hi all
    It sounds easy when spoken but I am not sure when it comes to writing this.Ocassionally when I leave a memo at reception I find it corrected in red ink.Embarassing? Yes what is the trick here? How do I know when to split ?
    1.This memory stick could belong to anyone of those tourists by the swimming pool.
    2.Does this bag belong to any one?
    3.Everyone of you pretends not to like Tonny Black.
    4.Everyone has a guilty secret.
    Please help before I embarass mysely again.
    Thanks in advance

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    Re: One word or two? Anyone? Every one?

    If you can insert the word "single" between the "any" (or "every") before one, or if it is followed by an "of ..." construction, it's probably the two-word version.

    It could belong to any single one of them - we'll never figure out which one.
    Every single ones of you pretends to ...

    Only your #4 is correct.

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