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Sunday, September 16, 2018

What is something?


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What is something? Here is my definition:


Something is an unspecified object, event, thought,attribute or transcendental entity


I believe that the difference between 'something' and 'thing' depends on whether or not there is a clear reference point. For example, if you see a mushroom in the grass, you might point at it and say, "Look at that thing!" but you wouldn't say, "Look at that something!" In this situation, it would be incorrect to say 'something' because the mushroom is clearly referenced.


On the contrary, if you want to refer to something that is vague or unspecified, you might say, "Something is wrong with the painting." In this situation, you don't know what exactly is wrong but you believe there's a thing that is wrong.



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