Isn't English fun? I'll try to answer but am interested in others' responses.
Anyway is used instead of the term "in any case", and perhaps the phrases "in spite of" and "no matter about that". An example is, "Anyway, she did not know the truth so she couldn't know how best to respond."
Anyways is not properly used in formal writing (and many people would never use it in conversation), though it might be used to reflect a dialect in a work of fiction. In the south, we sometimes hear something like, "Well, anyways, I was saying that your porch sure looks better with the newly painted ceiling."
The two word any way is used instead of phrases like "any manner possible" and "by any means possible," seen clearly in a sentence like, "He tries to avoid truth by any possible way."
Anyway is the correct word but I think anyways is just a slang word for anyway. Some people here in the south use it but I think the correct word is anyway. That is what I learned in English lesson.
I think due to texts and emails, some words are being altered or written in short cuts.
Anyway. No 's'. "Anyways" drives me absolutely nuts. It's right up there with "irregardless" I think.
RTalloni & Linda. Thank you both. When speaking, I avoid using either one. I hear more people saying anyways than anyway, and it just sounds wrong. I've even said "anyhoo" (don't have to wonder if I should add an S at the end). So ANYWAY, I think you have cleared that up for me
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