The Difference between 'Anything' and 'Nothing'
'Nothing' and 'anything' are two indefinite pronouns that have similar meanings. But they are used differently in a sentence. Let's check these two out!
Anything vs. Nothing
'Anything' and 'nothing' are two examples of indefinite pronouns that have similar meanings. However, they cannot be used interchangeably.
We use 'anything' to refer to an open, unlimited set of things that we do not mind what that thing is. It can be a thing either seen or unseen. We use 'anything' with a singular verb.
'Anything' can be used in questions and negative sentences.
We use anything with sentences that have a negative sense, but not necessarily a negative verb.
We often use anything after 'if'.
Remember that 'anything' referred to the presence of something (it doesn't matter what), it can be seen or unseen.
On the other hand, 'nothing' refers to the absence of something, it means there is not a thing. It can also be seen or unseen too.
'Nothing' has a negative meaning by itself, therefore it is mostly used in affirmative sentences. If we use 'nothing' in a negative sentence (with negative verbs) we have committed the error of 'double negation'.