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Anything, Nothing, Something, Everything

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Do you want to learn something new today? These four words are quite similar and it can be complicated to understand which one you need to use.

Something means a thing that is unknown. It is often used in positive sentences.

Anything means a thing of any kind. Use it in questions and negative sentences. It can also be used to to mean I don't mind.

Nothing means no single thing. Used as subjects of a sentence or question.

Everything means all the things. Use in affirmative, negative and interrogative sentences when we want to be inclusive.

In the following sentences, can you decide which word is needed? Read the sentence carefully and think about the context. Remember to look out for double negatives! Good luck.

Lesson by Caroline Devane

  • 1. I don’t have ___ to eat.





  • 2. There’s ___ in this room making a noise. What is it?





  • 3. There’s ___ wrong with you, you’re perfectly healthy.





  • 4. Do you have ___ you need for the trip?





  • 5. If you need ___ , just call me.





  • 6. That mess has ___ to do with me!





  • 7. There’s ___ important I need to tell you, please could we talk privately





  • 8. ___ must go in our once a year sale!





  • 9. The doctors did ___ they could, but it wasn’t enough.





  • 10. There’s ___ you can say to make me forgive you. I never want to speak to you again.





  • 11. There isn’t ___ left, the burglars took it all.





  • 12. Everyone must bring ___ for lunch.





  • 13. I promise, ___ is fine! I’m just really tired.





  • 14. In my opinion, ___ is more important than family.





  • 15. Argh! ___ just crawled over my foot!