February 26, 2017

Homework Help: English

Posted by rfvv on Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 8:22pm.

(Thank you. I corrected them. Does 'something' in Sentence 1 mean 'an important thing'? More explanation, please. Thank you.)

1. Volunteer work is not something that you must do.

2. Volunteer work is not anything that you must do.

3. Volunteer work is not a thing that you must do.

4. Volunteer work is not the thing that you must do.

5. Volunteer work is not an important thing that you must do.

(What is the difference between #1 and #2? Does # 1 mean #3, 4 or 5? Thank you.)

English - Writeacher, Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 7:40pm
Rather than using "Volunteer" in each of those sentences, you need to use the gerund form: "Volunteering."

The sentences' meanings are similar. #2 has a slightly more negative tone to it.

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