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|English to English translations [PRO]|
Marketing / Ad slogan
|English term or phrase: Anything / Everything|
|Has anyone a brief explanation of the difference between these two terms?|
Anything with a combustion engine
Everything with a combustion engine
This is interesting, as I was once in a discussion about the difference between these two!
Everything = ALL that relates to the subject;
for instance, if you say, "Pick out everything that is blue", then you would choose ALL things that are blue
Anything = one thing or some indiscriminately of whatever kind: used to indicate one thing selected without restriction
For instance, if you say, "Pick out anything that is blue", then you would choose one thing at random, maybe more, but not necessarily ALL things that are blue...that would be choosing "everything".
Wish I could explain it better, but the main difference is that everything is restricted and to ALL items; anything is not ALL items, but any random one of them.
Another example: If one asks, "What would you like for dinner?" Then...
"Everything in the refrigerator" would be all items in their totality that are in the refrigerator.
"Anything in the refrigerator" would be probably one item at random from the refrigerator, but not all items.
As far as using this in your context goes, it might help understand it better if you add a verb to the sentence with something like, "I'll buy...everything with a combustion engine" would mean you want to buy ALL things that have a combustion engine.
"I'll buy...anything with a combustion engine" - then that means you will take one thing at random as long as it has a combustion engine.
Kind of an elementary explanation, but hope it helps. Try to figure out the difference between anyone/everyone now! :)
Selected response from:
Jennie Sherrick, MA
Local time: 10:46
|Thank you all for your help. It was really difficult to decide who should get the points. In the end, Jennie's fridge made it totally clear to me what it's all about. After all these explanations, I would prefer "everything with a (n internal) combustion engine".|
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anything is a selection; everything is the whole set
"Everything with a combustion engine" means to consider the entire set of things with a combustion engine. "Anything" means any member of the set; it doesn't matter which one.
Local time: 09:46
Native speaker of: English
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