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Many refer to the question of there is something rather than nothing by assuming that something refers to the universe.

Is the word “something” an existential quantification in this context? Is something a word that English speakers can use without limitation, referring to entities or states of affairs or whatnot?

Definitions of this word make it very difficult to pin point the true nature of this word. It holds so much significance ontologically that an understanding of the meaning of something would be extremely helpful. Thank you

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    Does it have to have a lot of ontological significance? According to the empirical research of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage project, SOMETHING is a semantic prime: a core concept shared by all human languages, which cannot be reduced, and cannot be more clearly defined than the word itself. SOMETHING is a fundamental concept upon which we build other ideas. – curiousdannii May 8 at 1:54
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    Existence and Being are the basic concepts of Ontology (or Metaphysics). – Mauro ALLEGRANZA May 8 at 7:37
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    To say "there is something which is P" amounts to asserting the existence of an entity (thing, object) which has property P. Thus, the elucidation of "something" amounts to the existence of Objects and Properties. – Mauro ALLEGRANZA May 8 at 8:48
  • Because human perceptive range is limited; for example, we can only hold a distinct number of items in mind at once, say picturing in the minds-eye, ten years, etc. the concept 'something' represents an unquantifiable identity, like something wonderful. CS – Charles M Saunders May 8 at 16:09
  • What English speakers can use is entirely up to them, and they certainly do not align their use with formal logic or philosophical distinctions. Questions about the prevailing use of words are more suited for English SE. – Conifold May 8 at 19:38

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