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    Which is correct:

    Do any of you know Maria?
    Does any of you know Maria?

    Are both acceptable? Is one more formal? Is this a case of Britsh vs American English? I've heard both used by my co-teachers.

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    I would use the first. I can only see the second used if thought that the possibility of anyone knowing her was more remote and hoping that maybe one person might know her.
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    Plural: Do any of you ... ?

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    Singular: Does anyone ... ?
    Singular: Does any one of you ... ?

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    Does it mean that number of persons who know maria should be more than one in a group.
    Or
    "Do" is referring to "you".

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Plural: Do any of you ... ?

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    'Do' agrees in person and number with its subject:

    paradigm
    Do I?
    Do you? <Note, *Does you? is ungrammatical>
    Does s/he?
    Does it?
    Does anyone, one?
    Do they?

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