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Health is more valuable than any thing.

Health is more valuable than anything else.

Health is more valuable than any other thing.

Health is more valuable than any things else.

Health is more valuable than anything.

Do all of the above sound right to you? Thanks.
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AngliholicHealth is more valuable than any thing.

Health is more valuable than anything else. (ok)

Health is more valuable than any other thing. (ok)

Health is more valuable than any things else.

Health is more valuable than anything.

Do all of the above sound right to you? Thanks.

The right ones are indicated by 'ok'.
Thanks, Yoog.

But could you point out the reason why the following one does sound awkward?

Health is more valuable than anything.

And what about the following? Does it sound right? If not, why not?

Health is more valuable than any other things.
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Angliholic
Thanks, Yoog.

But could you point out the reason why the following one does sound awkward?

Health is more valuable than anything.

Let me illustrate by way of sentences.

John is cleverer than any boy. This is not correct because John is a boy. Therefore, 'any boy' includes John. It should be John is cleverer than any other boy; 'any other' compares John with other boys. However, John is cleverer than any girl is correct because John is not a girl.

Similarly, in Health is more valuable than anything, 'anything' would include 'health'; 'anything else' compares 'health' with other things, excluding 'health'.

And what about the following? Does it sound right? If not, why not?

Health is more valuable than any other things.

Health is more valuable than any other thing. (I would change to 'thing'. It is emphatic.)
Yoong Liat
Angliholic

Do all of the above sound right to you? Thanks.

The right ones are indicated by 'ok'.
Health is more valuable than any thing.

Health is more valuable than anything else (in oue lives). (ok). We should make reference as to what that "else" is.

Health is more valuable than any other thing. (ok) awakwardly acceptable, I guess!

Health is more valuable than any things else.

Health is more valuable than anything. This is good!
Here's one more point of view. "Health" is hardly a "thing." You could say "Health is more important than any thing," in which you emphasize the word "thing" to show you mean a material object.

You were supposed to spend that money on that operation on your foot, and now you tell me you used it to buy a new motorcycle?! I can't believe it. I don't care how long you've wanted one. Your health is more important than any thing!"
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Grammar GeekHere's one more point of view. "Health" is hardly a "thing." You could say "Health is more important than any thing," in which you emphasize the word "thing" to show you mean a material object.

You were supposed to spend that money on that operation on your foot, and now you tell me you used it to buy a new motorcycle?! I can't believe it. I don't care how long you've wanted one. Your health is more important than any thing!"

Thanks, my dear friends.

But I'm confused now because your replies seem very inconsistent.

To be clear, would you sum up this thread when you reach an agreement? Thanks.
Of all the posted questions, only "health is more valuable than anything" makes the most sense without a bunch of explanation in my opinion.
I agree with Goodman mostly. And GG's addition also sounds good!
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