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It's been a long time since I last cared about something/anything.

Generally, I know the difference between something and anything. But in this case, I'm not sure which to use.
 

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I would use "anything" there.
 

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You could use either, but I wouldn't use something if I still didn't care.
 

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You could use either, but I wouldn't use something if I still didn't care.
Wait, is it clear that the meaning of the sentence in the OP is that I don't care about anything anymore?
 

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As a standalone sentence, I would say that's pretty clear. You could change the tense and use:

It's [been] a long time since I've cared about anything.

Bear in mind that the meaning would be different if the sentence continued after "anything" with a new clause that would probably start with "but".

It's [been] a long time since I've cared about anything but I've just been handed a tiny kitten that needs to be looked after until it can be adopted!
 

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As a standalone sentence, I would say that's pretty clear. You could change the tense and use:

It's [been] a long time since I've cared about anything.

Bear in mind that the meaning would be different if the sentence continued after "anything" with a new clause that would probably start with "but".

It's [been] a long time since I've cared about anything but I've just been handed a tiny kitten that needs to be looked after until it can be adopted!
Why did you change the tense? I've never heard about a 'since + present perfect' construction. Can you explain to me when is such a construction used?
 

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I offered an alternative wording. I wasn't suggesting that you need to change the original.
 

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I offered an alternative wording. I wasn't suggesting that you need to change the original.
Ok, but, since you just opened a new can of worms, care to explain in what cases the 'since+present perfect' construction is used?
 
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