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Has/Have any of you been to England?
Should I use 'has' or 'have'?
I don't know whether or not both would be acceptable in AmE, but I would only use "has."
If we expect an individual to answer we would be more likely to ask, "Has any of you ever...." but if we expect groups or pairs to answer, we'd be more likely to ask the other, "Have any of you..."
The source of possible disagreement is likely that AmE is getting sloppy with singular/plural questions lately. I've heard teachers ask children "Where's your eyes? And where's your ears?".. as an example.
I can say only:
The source of possible disagreement is probably that AmE is getting sloppy ...
The source of possible disagreement is likely to be that AmE is getting sloppy...
In BrE, we do not normally use 'likely' in the way that konungursvia used it, though, strangely enough, we can use ''most/very likely' here.
Quoted from New Oxford American dictionary:
When used as a pronoun, any can be used with either a singular or a plural verb, depending on the context: we needed more sugar but there wasn't any left (singular verb) or are any of the new videos available? (plural verb).
So, in the case of 'any of you' it should be the same as the latter example. The correct form should be 'have any of you' as you is in plural form.
'Any one of you' is different.
Any one, meaning ‘any single (person or thing),’ is written as two words to emphasize singularity: any one of us could do the job; not more than ten new members are chosen in any one year.
If you're using 'any one', then you should say 'has any one of you ...'.
Both singular and plural are in use, as many native speakers who are also teachers have stated. Trust us.