Student or Learner
When you start a sentence, for example, "None of the students...,"
I know that one can use either "is" or "are" as its verb. (According to grammar books, they say "is" is more formal than "are" in this case.)
Now my question is this: in the following examples, which is correct to use as a verb form?
1. If any of the students attends a seminar, ...
2. If any of the students attend a seminar, ...
Can I use either case? If so, which verb form is considered to be more formal--singular "attends" or plural "attend"?
If any students attend the seminar they will be given a free lunch.
I he attends the seminar he will be given a free lunch.
Hope this helps,