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a. I stopped eating anything.
b. I stopped eating everything.

c. I stopped eating anything he gave me.
d. I stopped eating everything he gave me.


Are all of the above sentences grammatically correct?

Do (a) and (b) mean the same?
Do (c) and (d) mean the same?

Are (a) and (c) ambiguous? Maybe I stopped eating some things/some of the things he gave me..

Many thanks.

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@azz posted:

a. I stopped eating anything.
b. I stopped eating everything.

Do (a) and (b) mean the same?

I think they can both mean the speaker started to eat nothing (with this meaning, "anything" seems more usual to me), or started to be selective: the speaker started to eat only certain things, not just anything or everything.

@azz posted:

c. I stopped eating anything he gave me.
d. I stopped eating everything he gave me.


Do (c) and (d) mean the same?

I think the same ambiguity stated above applies here.

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