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His weird interests change so rapidly that it's hard to tell what he likes at any time.

What I mean is:

His weird interests change so rapidly that it's hard to tell what his current ones (interests) are.

But any time is more commonly used in cases like:

  1. You can call me any time.
  2. I can handle him anytime.

in the sense of "always" or "without exception or doubt". So—

Does 'at any time' fit in this context? And is 'at any time' grammatical here? Is it idiomatic enough? If not, how would native speakers say this instead?

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    The usual phrase is at any given time or at any given moment. google.com/… Another way of putting it is "You can never tell what he's going to be interested in".
    – TimR
    Aug 6, 2017 at 9:41

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Your use of

at any time

is correct and understandable to mean something is not predictable.

The weather may change at any time.
She can change her mind at any moment.

However, in your example, your intent is to capture his state of liking, so as Tᴚoɯɐuo suggests

His weird interests change so rapidly that it's hard to tell what he likes at any given time.

can be said, and would be equivalent to

His weird interests can change at any time.

which is also the same as your original sentence without "at any time", where the temporalness is implied.

His weird interests change so rapidly that it's hard to tell what he likes.

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