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    Hello!

    Is "has" wrong in this case?:

    "Has any of you seen my daughter?"


    Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Is "has" wrong in this case?: "Has any of you seen my daughter?"
    No. We read it as "Has any (one) of you seen my daughter?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Is "has" wrong in this case?:

    "Has any of you seen my daughter?"


    Thank you
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    I would use "have" but "has" would be OK with "any one of you".

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    Snap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Snap!
    What do you mean?

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    Re: Any

    "Has any of you seen my daughter?"
    What's the subject of this sentence? Is it "any"?

    "Have any of you seen my daughter?"
    What's the subject of this sentence? Is it "you"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    What do you mean?
    Definition and pronunciation of snap | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary
    (British English, informal) people say snap! to show that they are surprised when two things are the same
    Snap! I've just bought that CD too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmerikaMagyar View Post
    Definition and pronunciation of snap | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary
    (British English, informal) people say snap! to show that they are surprised when two things are the same
    Snap! I've just bought that CD too!
    AmerikaMagyar is right. I said snap! to Bhaisahab as his (almost) identical answer appeared a couple of seconds after mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmerikaMagyar View Post
    "Has any of you seen my daughter?"
    What's the subject of this sentence? Is it "any"?
    Yes. (But see my answer to your second question)
    "Have any of you seen my daughter?"
    What's the subject of this sentence? Is it "you"?
    Some would say that the grammatical subject is 'any', though others would say that it is 'any of you'. Both would agree that it is not 'you'.
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    Re: Any

    Note that when any of is followed by a plural subject, the verb can be singular or plural. Singular verb is more common in formal style.
    PEU, Swan, 55.7., p57

    Group A determiners: These help to identify things - to say whether they are known or unknown to the hearer, which one the speaker is talking about, whether the speaker is thinking of particular examples or speaking in general.
    These are three kinds:
    articles: a/an, the
    possessives: my, your, whose, one's, etc.
    demonstratives: this, these, that, those
    We cannot put to group A determiners together.

    Group B determiners: Most of these are quantifiers: they say how much or how many we are talking about. The most important are:
    some, any, no
    each, every, either, neither
    much, many, more, most, (a) little, less, least,, few, fewer, fewest, enough, several
    all, both, half
    what, whatever, which, whichever
    Some group B determiners are used with singular nouns, some with plurals, some with uncountables, some with more than one kind of noun.
    We can put group B determiners together if the combination makes sense.

    Group B + Group A determiners: any of the people:
    Group B determiners can be used directly before nouns, without of.
    Have you got any of sugar?
    But if we want to put a group B determiner before a noun which has a group A
    determiner, we have to use of.


    "Has any of you seen my daughter?"
    What's the subject of this sentence? Is it "any"?

    "Have any of you seen my daughter?"
    What's the subject of this sentence? Is it "you"?
    Have [some people] seen her?
    Has/Have [any of you]seen her?

    In both sentences above, the part in bold within [] is the subject and the red part is the head of the noun phrase that realizes it.

    Amerikamagyar, are you Hungarian?
    Last edited by corum; 26-Nov-2010 at 14:18.

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