"I never open anything."
Translation:Я никогда ничего не открываю.
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It looks, as "nothing" is a real thing, and you never open it in positive way. Saying this way is not good in Russian. But if you will make some pause before "ничего", it will be passionate way of speaking. Like as "I never open anything. Nothing at all! And never!!! Everything must be closed!!! Forever and ever!!! That is me, who speak to you. That I am, who is called the Notopener Great!!!"
Yes. Except, not doing this is grammatically incorrect. Think of a sentence like "She walks, talks, and thinks". The verbs must be in 3rd person singular: you cannot make it "She walk, talk, and thinks" or "She walks, talk, and think", despite the endings being repetitive and adding no new information.
Similarly, in Russian negative sentences indefinite/negative pronouns "agree" with the predicate in their "polarity". Either they are all positive, or all negative. Well, unless you have a specially structured sentence (e.g., "I think I did not buy something" = "I forgot to buy a certain thing, not sure what it is")
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