Posted by Anwar on September 03, 2003
In Reply to: Nothing (in) particular posted by taked on September 03, 2003
I think "nothing particular" looks more natural in both these contexts. In my opinion "in particular" is used to mention some thing as a better example of a condition, situation, event etc.
: Hello. Let me ask you one question.
: Which sentence do you think is more natural?
: 1. Are you busy now?
: No, nothing particular. No, nothing in particular.
: 2. What do you do in your free timea?
: Nothing particular. Nothing in particular.
: Thanks in advance.