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    Default see vs sees

    " Anybody ____ Lila ? We are looking for her.

    see or sees ?

    I think anybody is a singular subject. ' sees ' is the answer right ?

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    Default Re: see vs sees

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    " Anybody ____ Lila ? We are looking for her.

    see or sees ?

    I think anybody is a singular subject. ' sees ' is the answer right ?
    The expression is "Anybody see Lila?" Perhaps that violates the "rule", but that is the way it is. :wink: At any rate, that is short for "Does anybody see Lila", which is a variation of "Has anybody seen Lila?" (I sure hope they find Lila soon.)

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    I sure would tell people to say ' does anybody see Lila " instead of encouraging them to chop off something from a sentence :P. My head spins seeing this kind of sentence :(

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    It's an elliptical sentence that has lost the auxiliary verb, so 'sees' would sound rather strange.

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