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The word “nothing” is a pronoun for things that don’t exist. 

  • I have nothing.   
  • She has nothing to say. 
  • There’s nothing wrong. Everything is okay. 

a. "nothing" as a subject or subject complement

  • Nothing‘s wrong. 
  • There’s nothing in my hand. (subject complement)  
  • Nothing matters to her anymore. 
  • Nothing lives on the moon. (Not that we know of.)
  • It’s nothing. (subject complement) 
  • Nothing happens around here on the weekends. 
  • There’s nothing to eat.

Note: The word “nothing” is often used as an exaggeration. It’s usually not the case that there is absolutely nothing

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  • Nothing lives without water. 
  • Nothing is floating on the water. 
  • Nothing is on the water.  

b. "nothing" as an object

  • I gave her nothing
  • He said nothing
  • She has nothing in her apartment. 
  • They had nothing for dinner. 
  • We heard nothing about the situation until just now. 
  • John paid next to nothing for his house. 
  • She owes nothing to the government in taxes. 
  • The Johnsons throw nothing away. They try to recycle or reuse things they would otherwise put into the  regular trash. 
  • This is all about nothing. (object of the preposition, “about”)

Note: The word “nothing” is often used as an exaggeration. It’s usually not the case that there is absolutely nothing

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  • They spend nothing on gasoline because they don’t have a car. 
  • It costs almost nothing to own a bike when compared to the cost of owning a car. 
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