It's difficult to explain, I'll give you some examples. You use "ничего" to say that nothing happens or exists: "Ничего не происходит" - nothing happens "В комнате ничего нет" - there is nothing in the room You use "нечего" than you have nothing to operate with: "Мне нечего тебе сказать" - I have nothing to tell you "Мне нечего надеть" - I have nothing to wear
The difference is in the place of accent: нЕчего and ничегО. Нечего also means 'not needed, should not be done' etc. Ничего usually requires negative form of the verb whereas нечего negates all of the phrase. Не говори ничего! / нечего говорить!
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