Can you see anything/everything? Jack:Can you see anything/everything with this telescope? Father:Yes, of course, my dear. Jack:Dad, please help me. Where's my kite? It flew away this morning. What's the difference between anything and everything? Thank you.
Nov 28, 2016 3:04 AM
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"Anything" usually means more than nothing. Can you see anything? No, my eyes are closed. "Everything" means "all things" or "every thing". "Everything in this store costs less than $20." No one would say that you can see "everything" with a telescope. Here's where the joke is: Sometimes, (and it's confusing) "anything" can mean "any thing that you want". For example, an ad might say: "With this tool, you can do ANYTHING!" So the child is asking "can you see anything with that telescope." The father thinks he means "more than nothing." So he says, "of course." But the child was asking "can you see anything you want to see?" So when the father says yes, Jack asks whether the father can see his kite.
November 28, 2016
Hi, You will choose "anything" if you are having a hard time seeing something or perhaps the telescope is not working. It is rare that you would see "everything" used in that sentence construction. You might use "everything" for instance if you are purchasing the telescope and may ask the salesman what the limitations are of the telescope. Hope this helps, Rob
November 28, 2016
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