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Difference between nothing and anything #1 (permalink) Sun Feb 05, 2006 22:20 pm   Difference between nothing and anything
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #76 "Anything/nothing/something/everything", question 7

If there is ......... you need you can call me, okay?

(a) anything
(b) any
(c) nothing
(d) everything

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #76 "Anything/nothing/something/everything", answer 7

If there is anything you need you can call me, okay?

Correct answer: (a) anything

Your answer was: incorrect
If there is nothing you need you can call me, okay?
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what is the difference between nothing and anything?

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Any/nothing #2 (permalink) Mon Feb 06, 2006 9:43 am   Any/nothing
 

Hi Mokhtar,

Anything is usually used in questions and negative sentences as:

Have you anything to say?

I haven't anything to say/I have nothing to say.

Not anything means the same as nothing.

In the sentence in the test:

If there is anything you need, you can call me

anything makes better sense logically because the use of nothing would make the offer to help (if there is anything you need) meaningless.

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Difference between nothing and anything #3 (permalink) Tue Jul 13, 2010 13:22 pm   Difference between nothing and anything
 

Dear Alen,
would you please tell me, Do we use comma after NEED in this part’ If there is anything you need, you can call me, okay’? I mean before need?
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Difference between nothing and anything #4 (permalink) Tue Jul 13, 2010 20:28 pm   Difference between nothing and anything
 

The comma is required after 'need' in this sentence: If there is anything you need, you can call me because the 'if sentence comes first.

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Difference between nothing and anything #5 (permalink) Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:37 am   Difference between nothing and anything
 

Dear Alan,
Thank you very much indeed.
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Difference between nothing and anything #6 (permalink) Wed Jul 14, 2010 21:36 pm   Difference between nothing and anything
 

Dear Alan, I've a question:

I think we've a positive statement + a question:
Positive: If there is __________ you need, you can call me
Question: okay?
Then, the right response should be "something", which is not available in the options set.
Do you agree with me?
Thanks!

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Difference between nothing and anything #7 (permalink) Wed Jul 14, 2010 22:29 pm   Difference between nothing and anything
 

Hi Rodrigo,

The use of 'anything' here suggests 'anything at all' and this is shown by the use of 'if' in the first sentence. In other words: Is there anything you need?

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Difference between nothing and anything #8 (permalink) Wed Jul 14, 2010 22:36 pm   Difference between nothing and anything
 

Thanks a lot, Alan: very quick and clear response.
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