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    anything or something

    Dear teachers,

    Suppose you thought you heard some noise and you wanted to ask others whether they also heard it or not, which would you say?
     Did you hear anything?
     Did you hear something?

    Similarly, if you thought you smelled something, which would be correct?
     Did you smell anything?
     Did you smell something?

    These two words are always confusing.
    Hope you teachers can clarify for me.

    Thank you

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    Re: anything or something

    Quote Originally Posted by jibou View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Suppose you thought you heard some noise and you wanted to ask others whether they also heard it or not, which would you say?
     Did you hear anything?
     Did you hear something?

    Similarly, if you thought you smelled something, which would be correct?
     Did you smell anything?
     Did you smell something?

    These two words are always confusing.
    Hope you teachers can clarify for me.

    Thank you
    It's confusing to me too. but
     Did you hear anything?(correct)
     Did you smell anything? (correct) We use any when we ask question, according the English grammar.

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    Re: anything or something

    Quote Originally Posted by jibou View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Suppose you thought you heard some noise and you wanted to ask others whether they also heard it or not, which would you say?
     Did you hear anything?
     Did you hear something?

    Similarly, if you thought you smelled something, which would be correct?
     Did you smell anything?
     Did you smell something?

    These two words are always confusing.
    Hope you teachers can clarify for me.

    Thank you
    Here is a very interesting story that I have found in a forum.

    This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
    There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.
    Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
    Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job Everybody thought Anybody could do it,
    but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
    It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

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    Last edited by moniza; 21-Dec-2008 at 08:05.

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    Re: anything or something

    Quote Originally Posted by jibou View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Suppose you thought you heard some noise and you wanted to ask others whether they also heard it or not, which would you say?
     Did you hear anything?
     Did you hear something?

    Similarly, if you thought you smelled something, which would be correct?
     Did you smell anything?
     Did you smell something?

    These two words are always confusing.
    Hope you teachers can clarify for me.

    Thank you
    When they think they heard/smelled something, most people would say 'Did you hear/smell something?'

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