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    #1

    Help me

    what is wrong with this sentence?
    Has any of the witnesses been sworn in yet?

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    #2

    Re: Help me

    The opening verb should be "have" -- plural.

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    #3

    Re: Help me

    'Has anyone of the witnesses been sworn in yet?'
    Is it correct?

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    #4

    Re: Help me

    No.

    You could ask "Has anyone been sworn in yet?"

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    #5

    Re: Help me

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    "Has anyone been sworn in yet?"
    But it says nothing about the person's being a witness.

    Not a teacher.

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    #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    But it says nothing about the person's being a witness.

    Not a teacher.
    I think anyone is witness and anyone is an indefinite pronoun.

    No teacher.

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    #7

    Re: Help me

    True, but you can't pair 'anyone' with another noun/pronoun.

    If you want to specify witnesses, you'll have to use the "Have any of the witnesses" construction.

    Aside from the jurors, who take their oath as a group before the trial begins, witnesses are the only other people sworn in, as far as I can recollect.

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    #8

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    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Valynncia:

    You may be interested in what one expert says:

    "When any ... [is] followed by of + plural, [it] is usually used with singular verbs in formal style in British English. Plural verbs are common in informal British usage and generally in American English."



    -- Michael Swan, Practical English Usage (1995 edition), entry (NOT page) 509.5.

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    #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    True, but you can't pair 'anyone' with another noun/pronoun.
    Is 'anyone' wrongly used below?
    “Can anyone of you prove me guilty of sin?” (John 8:46)

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    #10

    Re: Help me

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Is 'anyone' wrongly used below?
    “Can anyone of you prove me guilty of sin?” (John 8:46)
    It is incorrect. Can any one of you...

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