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"Anyone who has visited Paris knows that this city is not like anything else"

"Anyone who has visited Paris knows that this city is like nothing else"

Is there any difference between these two sentences, and which one is the most appropriate variant?

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    Apart from the act that the shorter form is much more common, I can't see any scope for any difference in meaning. The "less common" form isn't so unusual that anyone would normally notice it, so they wouldn't be left wondering why you chose not to use the more common version. Apr 30 at 15:34
  • No difference at all. None/Nothing are just the negative and the determiner contracted -- same difference as It's versus It is, i.e, zero. Apr 30 at 16:04

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