To make it more formal, replace "the anything" with "everything."Dear Teachers,
First of all, please take a look at this example:
It seems difficult to know anything when the anything is changing moment-by-moment.
I would like to know your opinions about 'the anything' as the definite article + pronoun, especially about these questions:
Whether it sounds colloquial or not, and, if so, how you would paraphrase it to make it more formal. Yes, it sounds colloquial, because you have taken something that does not usually take an article and given it one. It's a non-standard use of "anything." Having said that, I like it because it makes the reader go back and think about what you really mean. (Usually, I like text that makes it easy for the reader, but sometimes, it's good to make your reader have to think a bit.)
Whether or not the second 'anything' should be placed between quotation marks. I think I would, to show that its a non-standard use.
Any help would be appreciated.
Neither the old or the new encyclopedic methods is bulletproof. Knowledge isn't static. At the same time, it seems difficult to know anything when the anything is changing moment-by-moment and the changes are being drafted by persons with unknown motivation.
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