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Could you please tell me if these sentences are correct and the same?

How much luggage do you have?

  1. I don't have any.
  2. I don't have any luggage.
  3. I don't have anything.
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closed as general reference by Carlo_R., Jon Hanna, mplungjan, tchrist, Kris Feb 18 '13 at 13:52

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This question is deemed General reference or belongs at ell.stackexchange.com 1 and 2 are the same, 3 means no luggage nor anything else (cabin/hand luggage/money) –  mplungjan Feb 18 '13 at 12:19

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In answer to that specific question, all three are grammatical, but #1 is the most natural, #2 is slightly unnatural because it is needlessly long (short answers are preferred), and #3 is definitely the most unnatural and should be avoided. Anything is too general a word to use in response to such a specific question. Another natural answer would be none: brief and to the point.

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It depends upon the question, as in the question:

How much luggage do you have?

A common noun is used, luggage, which is simply referring to something that we can count. So any and anything are both correct for it.

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