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    Any such impacts are

    Good morning.
    My question is regarding verb agreement in the following sentence.
    Any such impacts are most likely to be found in the case of service industries.
    Does the verb to be indeed agree with impacts?

    Thank you.
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    Re: Any such impacts are

    Quote Originally Posted by Louise 1 View Post
    Good morning.
    My question is regarding verb agreement in the following sentence.
    Any such impacts are most likely to be found in the case of service industries.
    Does the verb to be indeed agree with impacts?

    Thank you.
    L
    Hi Louise,

    Your question is a bit ambiguous, but I'll try to answer the best I can:

    "Does the verb to be indeed agree with impacts?"

    No, the verb "are" (which of course is the verb "be") agrees with "impacts", but later in the example, "to be" does not agree with "impacts".

    Does that make sense?

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    Re: Any such impacts are

    'There's none so blind as them as [those who] can't see'. When I saw the original post I thought 'the answer's obviously yes - what's the problem?'', and when I saw the involved explanation my initial thought was 'Why is he making such a song and dance about it?'

    I saw 'are' as trivially different from 'to be', so that it was the object of the question. At the same time I saw the 'to be found' - a passive inflexion of the verb 'find' - as not having the sense 'to be' (although the words are there, right enough).

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    Re: Any such impacts are

    Hi there, and thank you for your replies.
    Unfortunately I was not clear enough in my original question. I apologize. Let me try again.
    Which one is correct: a or b?
    a) Any such impacts are most likely to be found in the case of service industries.
    b) Any such impacts is most likely to be found in the case of service industries.

    What throws me off in the sentence is any:
    Such impacts = plural
    Any such impacts = plural or singular?

    Thanks again.
    L


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    #5

    Re: Any such impacts are

    'Any such impacts are....' or 'Any such impact is...'


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    Re: Any such impacts are

    Ok, thank you.
    L

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