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    We did not notice any student ______ the hall of the exam.

    I had this question online
    We did not notice any student-----the hall of the exam.
    A.leave
    B.leaves
    C.will leave
    D.leaving
    TWO options are correct
    I know we can use ( leaving) but about the another choice, can it be ( leaves) or ( leave)
    I think it is grammatically wrong because we might say, left x ------past ----x

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    Re: We did not notice any student ______ the hall of the exam.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammad51 View Post
    I had found this question online:

    We did not notice any student _________ the hall of the exam.

    A.leave
    B.leaves
    C.will leave
    D.leaving

    TWO options are correct.
    I know we can use "leaving" but what about the another other choice? can Is it be "leaves" or "leave"?

    I think it is grammatically wrong because we might say, left x ------past ----x I don't understand the underlined part at all.
    Welcome to the forum.

    See my corrections above and note that I have changed your thread title so that it includes your actual question.

    The other correct option is "leave". We use the bare infinitive in some constructions:

    I saw him leave.
    I saw the students leave.
    Did you see him leave?
    Did you see them leave?
    No one saw them leave?
    Did you notice them leave?
    We didn't notice them leave.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: We did not notice any student ______ the hall of the exam.

    A. We did not notice any student leave the exam hall.
    D. We did not notice any student leaving the exam hall.

    These are the two correct options.

    We would typically use "leave" if we saw the entire act of some student leaving the exam hall, i.e. from start to finish, but "leaving" if we only saw part of the act of leaving -- perhaps just walking away, or exiting the hall, but not the whole thing.

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    Re: We did not notice any student ______ the hall of the exam.

    Do you agree on both answers ( A & D) to the topic --- We did notice any student ---leave\ leaving -----?

    I heard only native American accept on this rule( A& D) , then many suggestion I relieved some agree on both some agree on D only, so why this confusion made to people , why all this disagreement on English grammar one said it is due to American other would say British or maybe the last one comes and says it is due to Australian or due to NewZealand English tongue.

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    Re: We did not notice any student ______ the hall of the exam.

    You need an answer from an AmE speaker. The two responses so far have been from BrE speakers and we agree on A and D.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: We did not notice any student ______ the hall of the exam.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You need an answer from an AmE speaker. The two responses so far have been from BrE speakers and we agree on A and D.
    I'm an American English speaker (though like most Americans, I'm not a Native American), and I agree that A and D are both possible. There are very few areas of grammar where American and British English speakers differ.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: We did not notice any student ______ the hall of the exam.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammad51 View Post
    why all this disagreement on English grammar one said it is due to American other would say British or maybe the last one comes and says it is due to Australian or due to NewZealand English tongue.
    Who's disagreeing? We're all telling you that both A and D are correct, but have slightly different meanings.

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    Re: We did not notice any student ______ the hall of the exam.

    Now I perfectly have got the answer ------The sentence itself is wrong! Why?
    We did not notice any student ______ the hall of the exam.

    any student should be any students


    Any is used in both negative and interrogative sentences as well some cases in affirmative but in interrogative sentences \ negative acts as a determiner before countable nouns ( plural) only never precedes ( singular noun) as well it comes before uncountable nouns ----Rules and for this reason, I mixed and came to ask .....Student ( wrong) and it should be ( students) leave ----Here it is acceptable, otherwise. using the gerund ( leaving) = means incomplete action while leave refers to a completed action all in past. Thank you to the replies you did..
    MMA \ Iraqi translator
    Last edited by Mohammad51; 30-Jun-2017 at 15:21.

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    Re: We did not notice any student ______ the hall of the exam.

    It doesn't make any difference whether the question uses "any student" or "any students". Both "leave" and "leaving" work with either one.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: We did not notice any student ______ the hall of the exam.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It is possible to use 'any' before a singular noun, and 'any student' is possible in that sentence.

    (crossposted with ems)
    No in questions ( interrogative sentences) and negative sentence, any, can only modify plural countable nous ------I am enough sure

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