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    anyone of X any of

    I have got got a couple of questions:

    1) Should there be an article in front of 'ability' in the sentence: 'There are many features of a good couple such as ability to perceive each other as a unique being.' If there should be an article, why?

    2) Is it possible to say 'anyone of them' in a sentence: 'I didn't understand anyone of them.'

    Thanks in advance
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    Re: anyone of X any of

    1) Let me begin with the statement that you have to correct your whole sentence.
    2) Yes, it is possible.

    Not a teacher
    Last edited by spongie; 05-Mar-2012 at 17:02.

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    Re: anyone of X any of

    Thank you

    1) Is it better now?
    2) Can you tell if (and where) I could find it - as a rule, because if 'anyone of them' can be really used I could have a better mark.

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    Re: anyone of X any of

    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    'There are many features of a good couple such as ability to perceive each other as a unique being.'
    I would write: "There are many features of a good couple. One of them is the ability to perceive each other as a unique human being." Article "the" sounds ok because you talk about one particular ability.
    Do you know that you could also write "I didn't understand them"? It would be the easiest way.

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    Re: anyone of X any of

    1. "the ability"
    2. "any one of" <---note: "any one" is not the same as "anyone."

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    Re: anyone of X any of

    Quote Originally Posted by spongie View Post
    1) Let me begin with the statement that you have to correct your whole sentence.
    2) Yes, it is possible.
    Please say you are not a teacher before giving misinformation. 2 is acceptable only if 'any' and 'one' are separate words. So you can get away with it in speech, but in writing you will expose your ignorance.

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    Re: anyone of X any of

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Please say you are not a teacher before giving misinformation.
    Ok.

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    Re: anyone of X any of

    Thank you

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