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    ripley is offline Senior Member
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    Default possible options: everthing-anything

    Hi, everybody,
    are the following sentences possible? In which context can they come out?

    I must remember to take anything I need when I go on Holiday
    I must remember something I need when I go on holiday

    Thank you, Ripley

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    Default Re: possible options: everthing-anything

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley
    Hi, everybody,
    are the following sentences possible? In which context can they come out?

    I must remember to take anything I need when I go on Holiday
    I must remember something I need when I go on holiday

    Thank you, Ripley
    The first one seems possible but unlikely. The second one is unlikely. Most likely is: "I must remember to take everything I need when I go on holiday." You could say, also: "I must remember to take anything I might need when I go on holiday."


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    Default Re: possible options: everthing-anything

    Thank you again RonBee,
    if a pupil of yours wrote the sentence with anything, would you consider it a mistake (possible but unlikely)? And what about the other sentence? (you said it was unlikely). How would you assess both sentences?
    Thanks Rip.
    Can you please have a look at the thread of mine noone has replied to?
    I would appreciate it a lot. Bye.

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    Default Re: possible options: everthing-anything

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley
    Hi, everybody,
    are the following sentences possible? In which context can they come out?

    I must remember to take anything I need when I go on Holiday
    I must remember something I need when I go on holiday

    Thank you, Ripley
    I agree with RonBee.

    In addition, 'anything' means, any (one) thing, whereas 'everything' means, all things, so everything is the better choice of the two for sentence (1):

    (1) I must remember to bring everything I need when I go on holiday.

    As for sentence (2), the verb is missing:

    (2) I must remember to bring something I need when I go on holiday.

    But even with 'to bring', the sentence still sounds odd. The reason being, 'something' is non-specific, whereas 'I need' expresses a specific need, so 'something' doesn't work because it's not compatible with 'need'. Let's try a noun that's more specific like, 'the things':

    (3) I must remember to brings the things I need when I go on holiday.

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