Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Anything"

The meaning of "Anything" in various phrases and sentences

Q: What does "up for anything" as in "Tom is a growing teenage boy who is up for anything" mean?
A: "Up for anything" means the person is willing to do whatever is going to be done.
Q: What does what can I ask, given I can’t ask anything? mean?
A: What can you ask even though you can't ask anything. Like think of it as "what's the point in asking if I can't ask"
Q: What does anything we can dream up, we get to brew up mean?
A: It means that if you can think/imagine something then you can also do/make it.
Q: What does anything but ..... mean?
A: is "anything but ..."
= is really, really NOT ...

Example sentences:
Working out hard everyday is anything but easy.
(= Working out hard everyday is many things... but it is not easy. It is difficult.)
Her work as a journalist is anything but boring.
(= Her work as a journalist is not boring at all. Not even a little boring.)
Q: What does "anything but (something)" mean?
A: Something isn't something else at all. For instance, "He's anything but cool" means "he's not cool at all.0

Example sentences using "Anything"

Q: Please show me example sentences with if anything .
A: Well, “If anything” is not redundant. You are repeating anything. You are emphasizing that it does the opposite or serves a different purpose then intended. For example, “What is the point of expensive clothes? If anything, it serves the same purpose as cheap clothes.”
Q: Please show me example sentences with anything but.
A: My new phone is anything but easy (= not easy at all) to use. I can't figure out how to set it up.

Her daughter is anything but shy (= not shy at all). She'll talk to anyone and everyone.

You might think quitting your job and moving to the woods would be relaxing, but living by yourself in the middle of nowhere is anything but simple (= not simple at all).
Q: Please show me example sentences with anything and something.
A: Anything-
“I will buy you anything!”
Anything is used here as a term used to refer to something, and that something can be an infinity of things (not one set thing).

Something-
“I will buy you something in this store.”
Something is used here as an object that is unidentified.
Q: Please show me example sentences with anything and something.
A: Is anything wrong? / something to eat
the diference between something and anything is the same that there are between some and any.
Q: Please show me example sentences with if anything.
A: Just because you didn't win, doesn't mean you're a loser, if anything it means you try hard.
I don't think it's a legitimate store, if anything I'd say it's a flea market.
"if anything" means "out of everything, this is true"

Synonyms of "Anything" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between we saw hardly anything. and We hardly saw anything. ?
A: "We saw hardly anything" means there wasn't much to see, whereas "we hardly saw anything" means that it was difficult to see, or there was a problem trying to see whatever was there
Q: What is the difference between I can't see anything. and I can see nothing. ?
A: "I can't see anything." Is more common. I don't think I've ever heard the latter ☺️
Q: What is the difference between He is capable of doing anything . and He is able to do anything. ?
A: One main difference is the preposition that usually follows each of these words. Typically, you see able to, but capable of.

Other than that, pick a dictionary, look the two words up. I'm citing Collins:

able (adj.)
1. having the necessary power, resources, skill, time, opportunity, etc, to do something ⇒ able to swim
2. capable; competent; talented ⇒ an able teacher
3. (law) qualified, competent, or authorized to do some specific act

capable (adj.)
1. having ability, esp in many different fields; competent
2. able or having the skill (to do something) ⇒ she is capable of hard work
3. having the temperament or inclination (to do something) ⇒ he seemed capable of murder
Q: What is the difference between anything and something ?
A: "Anything" is referring to multiple things.

"I will do anything for you!"



Something is used when talking about one certain thing.

"I have something I need to tell you."
Q: What is the difference between He didn't dare say anything. and He dared not say anything. and He dared say nothing. ?
A: I've only ever used the first one.
The second one seems the same as the first but without a contraction.
The third one doesn't make sense to me. I understand the meaning but the syntax is weird for me.

Translations of "Anything"

Q: How do you say this in English (UK)? I'm not shy to ask about for anything.

A: "I'm not shy about asking for anything"
"I'm not too shy to ask for anything"

「about」と「for」も一緒に使うの駄目です
Q: How do you say this in English (UK)? どういう意味ですか?→I've never tasted anything like this back home.
A: 私の国でこういう味の経験事がない。
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? As anything is too much is bad, drinking also is. ( I want to express like this but I think this sentence is unnatural and wrong..)
A: As too much of anything is bad, so is drinking.
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? he did not give me anything
A: both are correct.
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? if anything
A: Example:

"I don't think it was awkward. If anything, it was more funny than awkward."

Other questions about "Anything"

Q: do you think of anything which differentiate this result from the other one? Does this sound natural?
A: Can you think of anything which differentiates this result from the other one?
Q: "Don't do anything you hadn't planned on." Does this sound natural?
A: "Don't do anything you haven’t planned on."
"Don't do anything you haven’t planned." Is better depending on the context.
Q: You don’t have to bring anything, but thank you for such a nice gift. It is really thoughtful. Does this sound natural?
A: You didn’t have to bring anything, but thank you for such a nice gift. It is really thoughtful.
Q: There is hardly anything delightful compared to something hard. But I'm living to find and fully enjoy them. Does this sound natural?
A: [There are far less delightful things than there are hard things.] But (I live) to (discover) and fully enjoy them.
Q: There is hardly anything to do while my working time after I have done all duty I received.

There is little work that I'm given while my working time of 8 hours. Does this sound natural?
A: There is hardly anything to do during my work shift.
I work an 8-hour shift and am only given little work.

Meanings and usages of similar words and phrases

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