Everything, Something, Anything, Nothing


Everything, Something, Anything, Nothing

The words everything, something, anything, and nothing are indefinite pronouns. We use these words to refer to things.

We use singular verbs after all these words.
  • Everything is ready for the party.
  • Something smells like rotten meat.
  • There is nothing wrong with the engine.
  • Is anything the matter?

We can use everything, something, anything, and nothing as the subject or as the object of a sentence.
  • He pushed the button but nothing happened.
  • I know nothing about football.
  • She did everything to save their marriage.
  • Everything is processed by computer.


Everything means all things. When everything is a subject, we use it with a singular verb.
  • Everything is packed, and we are ready to leave.

We can use everything to refer to a particular situation or life in general.
  • Is everything all right?
  • Did everything go smoothly?
  • Everything is fine.

Everything can mean the most important thing in your life.
  • He says money isn’t everything.
  • My family is everything to me.
  • Your friendship means everything to me.


We use something to refer to a particular thing that is not exactly known or stated. We don’t usually use something in negatives and questions
  • I need to talk to you about something.
  • There’s something in my shoe.
  • Give me something to do. I’m bored.

We can use something to show that the description or amount that we are giving is not exact.
  • This drink tastes something like lemon.
  • She weighs something between 50 and 60 kilograms.
  • He earns something around $50,000 a year.


We use anything instead of something in negatives and questions.
  • I don't know anything about this.
  • Did you notice anything strange?
  • Is there anything in the bag?
  • She hardly ate anything.

We can use anything to refer to a thing when it does not matter which.
  • They'll eat almost anything.
  • Now you can do anything you want.


Nothing means not anything or no single thing. We don’t use a negative verb in a clause with nothing.
  • There was nothing in the drawer.
  • I turned the key but nothing happened.
  • Nothing would make him change his mind.

We can use nothing on its own in short answers.
  • A: What’s that in your hand? B: Nothing!

We can use nothing with but to mean only.
  • He’s nothing but a thief.
  • He'll need nothing but a miracle to pass this test.