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    Hi

    I don't understand why "anything" is used in the below sentence.
    "Something" would be avairable?

    I wonder if surfing is anything like snowboarding.

    Thank you.

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    Hello Jsasaki19

    'anything like' means 'in any way like'. You can think of it like this:

    "I wonder if surfing is a thing like snowboarding."

    Similarly, 'something like' means 'in some way like'.

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    Don't wave bye-bye too soon. Come back, I have a question for you.

    I remembered I asked you about this somewhere in this "small" ciber space before.

    "Are you any better today?"
    "Are you any better than him?"


    Do they sound natural?


    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...er+today%3F%22


    Thanks,
    Moi

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    {sudden invisible forces yank him back}

    Blacknomi! I wondered who it could be.

    Sorry, I must have missed this one. They're both fine, though:

    1. "Are you any better today?"

    You could use this if you were asking a sick friend if he felt any better.

    2. "Are you any better than him?"

    This has a couple of possible applications:

    a) To express a doubt about someone's behaviour, in relation to someone else, e.g.

    MrQ has posted an abusive message about MrP.
    MrP has posted an equally abusive message in return.
    Later, MrP is telling Blacknomi all about it:

    "And I tell you, Blacknomi, I'm shocked. Shocked and appalled. To post such a message in a public forum! It's outrageous."
    "But didn't you say you posted an equally rude message in return, MrP?"
    "Indeed I did, Blacknomi, indeed I did."
    "Well, you'll forgive me for saying so, MrP; but are you really any better than him, in that case?"
    "Probably not, Blacknomi...But it was fun while it lasted." :)

    Or:

    b) To enquire about someone's ability relative to someone else. It has a slight air of doubt:

    "I hear you like skateboarding, MrP."
    "That's correct, Blacknomi."
    "MrQ likes skateboarding too."
    "Indeed he does, Blacknomi."
    "I hear he's quite good."
    "Oh, he's not that good, Blacknomi."
    "And what about you, MrP? Are you any better than him?"

    (The straightforward 'are you better than him' is more neutral.)

    See you,
    MrP

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    Bonjour, invisible force is my middle name.

    Sorry for the yank. You didn't have stomach spasm, did you? Was that the bug? Your previous was flooded with Blacknomi. Do you need a dishdrainer?

    MrQ wouldn't appreciate your reply but I do. Thanks there. I think people in the neighborhood of Avenue Q are more or less friendly than Mister Q.

    http://www.avenueq.com/about.html


    Bonne nuit,
    Moi


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    Quote Originally Posted by jsasaki19
    Hi

    I don't understand why "anything" is used in the below sentence.
    "Something" would be avairable?

    I wonder if surfing is anything like snowboarding.

    Thank you.
    Here "anything" means "at all"

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