Anyways or Anyway Grammar: Don’t Say It Any Ways You Want

I’ve heard intelligent people—even some with advanced degrees—use the word anyways, which, again, shows that we all make mistakes from time to time. No one is immune. That’s good to know, isn’t it?

Anyway, anyways is not standard grammar usage; it is more of a colloquialism. The correct word is anyway. I rarely see this English grammar error written (although it has happened on occasion—and even by people who fancy themselves knowledgeable about grammar!); it’s mostly a spoken error, which does make it a bit more strange. Why use it incorrectly in speech when you know how to use it correctly in writing?

Boughten is another grammar error that I’ve encountered mostly in speech. Some dictionaries explain that boughten is dialectal rather than standard English. Allow me to translate: Don’t use it as the past participle of buy! Stick to standard English.

Buy is an established irregular verb with established, standard conjugations, so we don’t need to make up new conjugations. (We don’t even need to make up new conjugations and call them dialectal or colloquial.) They are buy, bought, and have/has bought, as in the following:

  • I buy stocks and annuities every year.
  • I bought some stock last year.
  • I have bought—not I have boughten—stock in that company every year for the past seven years.


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