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    anything/nothing

    Hi

    I couldn't afford to buy almost anything/nothing.

    Thanks

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    Re: anything/nothing

    With the negative you already have in your sentence (I couldn't afford) you need the positive "anything."

    If your sentence were positive (I could afford), then you could use the negative "nothing."

    I could afford nothing there.
    I could afford almost nothing in that shop.
    I couldn't afford anything.
    I couldn't afford almost anything.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 17-Jun-2010 at 01:51.
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    Re: anything/nothing

    Hi

    Why did you omit "to buy"?

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    Re: anything/nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Why did you omit "to buy"?
    To afford = to have enough money to buy

    "To buy" is redundant because of the definition of "afford".

    Can you afford it? = Can you afford to buy it?

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    Re: anything/nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    To afford = to have enough money to buy

    "To buy" is redundant because of the definition of "afford".

    Can you afford it? = Can you afford to buy it?
    How do you feel about it:
    How can she afford to buy such an expensive clothes?

    I'm not a man of learning.
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    Re: anything/nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by stanislaw.masny View Post
    How do you feel about it:
    How can she afford to buy such an expensive clothes?

    I'm not a man of learning.
    S.M.
    There's nothing wrong with sentence, but again "to buy" is not required. However, please note that "an" is incorrect here. "Clothes" is plural, but in this context is uncountable so no article is required.

    How can she afford such expensive clothes?

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