ANYTHING + post-modifier

In the English Grammar Profile, C1 point 104 in the category of PRONOUNS/indefinite is defined:

‘anything’ with post-modifiers to form complex noun phrases as subjects with a singular verb, to give focus.


A search in iWeb corpus for:

. Anything _RR * *

1 . ANYTHING ELSE IS JUST 243
2 . ANYTHING ELSE IS A 233
3 . ANYTHING ELSE WOULD BE 170
4 . ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD 159
5 . ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT 143
6 . ANYTHING ELSE I CAN 142
7 . ANYTHING ELSE ? 129
8 . ANYTHING ELSE WILL BE 72

9 . ANYTHING CURRENTLY IN YOUR 62 (this is actually only one website with the same example on multiple pages)

Anything currently in your cart will be lost.

10 . ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN 58
11 . ANYTHING ELSE? ” 57
12 . ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD 55
13 . ANYTHING AT ALL. 55
14 . ANYTHING ELSE I NEED 53
15 . ANYTHING ELSE IS NOT 49
16 . ANYTHING ELSE YOU NEED 45
17 . ANYTHING ELSE YOU ‘D 44
18 . ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU 38
19 . ANYTHING ELSE, AND 38
20 . ANYTHING ELSE AND YOU 37

. Anything _TO _VVI *

1 . ANYTHING TO GET 278
2 . ANYTHING TO MAKE 169
3 . ANYTHING TO KEEP 157
4 . ANYTHING TO HELP 145
5 . ANYTHING TO AVOID 83
6 . ANYTHING TO SAVE 40
7 . ANYTHING TO GIVE 34
8 . ANYTHING TO ADD 27
9 . ANYTHING TO BREAK 23
10 . ANYTHING TO STOP 22
11 . ANYTHING TO PUT 22
12 . ANYTHING TO DISTRACT 22

Anything to distract my mind from thinking about my past regrets and what I‘ve become is what I‘m into.

medhelp.org

13 . ANYTHING TO LOOK 20
14 . ANYTHING TO TRY 18
15 . ANYTHING TO TAKE 16
16 . ANYTHING TO REDUCE 15
17 . ANYTHING TO SHOW 15
18 . ANYTHING TO STAY 13
19 . ANYTHING TO SAY 13
20 . ANYTHING TO WORRY 11

. Anything that|which * *

1 . ANYTHING THAT CAN BE 430

(The following example is not the subject, but there is no other grammar structure in the EGP to catch such obvious complexity)

That means language can shape how you‘re thinking about anything that can be named by a noun.

TED

2 . ANYTHING THAT IS NOT 181
3 . ANYTHING THAT DOES N’T 155
4 . ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN 142
5 . ANYTHING THAT DOES NOT 109
6 . ANYTHING THAT CAN HELP 101
7 . ANYTHING THAT DOES NT 92
8 . ANYTHING THAT HAS A 91
9 . ANYTHING THAT IS N’T 77
10 . ANYTHING THAT MAKES YOU 75
11 . ANYTHING THAT COULD BE 70

12 . ANYTHING THAT INTERFERES WITH 66

  CJME
Balgonie fire department urges drivers to slow down near …
Regretfully, it seems that anything that interferes with their end goal isn’t worth their effort or time.

13 . ANYTHING THAT MAKES THE 60
14 . ANYTHING THAT YOU DO 55
15 . ANYTHING THAT HAS TO 53
16 . ANYTHING THAT NEEDS TO 52
17 . ANYTHING THAT I CAN 51
18 . ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT 50
19 . ANYTHING THAT WILL HELP 47
20 . ANYTHING THAT HELPS YOU 45


B2 vocabulary: currently, distract, interferes

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