Nicht or Nichts
Could somebody please explain to me the difference between nicht and nichts and when to use each one?
"nicht "= not, "nichts" = nothing/not anything. If you know that, you will see the use is very similar to English:
Es ist nicht schlecht. = It is not bad.
Nichts ist schlecht. = Nothing is bad.
Ich möchte nicht essen. = I do not want to eat.
Ich möchte nichts essen. = I do not want to eat anything.
Hope you find this helpful!
I encountered this sentence recently:
- Ich kann nichts sein, was ich nicht bin.
It was translated as "I can't be something I'm not", but literally it's "I can nothing be what I not am", or in grammatical English, "I can be nothing that I am not".