Nothing vs. Something

'Something' and 'nothing' can be considered two opposite indefinite pronouns in the English grammar. To know about their differences, read this article!

"Nothing" vs. "Something" in English Grammar

Main Similarity and Difference

'Something' and 'nothing' are both examples of indefinite pronouns.
They can be considered opposite, meaning that 'something' refers to a thing that is unknown or a thing that we do not know what it is.
On the other hand, 'nothing' means 'not anything'. It shows the lack of things.

Something is wrong here. I can feel it.

Nothing is wrong here. Relax!

As you can see in the examples above, these two sentences have completely opposite meanings because of the use of 'something' and 'nothing'.
Now, look at another example:

There's something you can do to help.

There's nothing you can do to help.

Bottom Line

As pronouns, the difference between 'something' and 'nothing' is that something is an uncertain or unspecified thing, while 'nothing' is not anything (no thing).


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