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    Is or are

    I wonder if any of you is (or are?) interested.

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    Re: Is or are

    Quote Originally Posted by sane View Post
    I wonder if any of you is (or are?) interested.

    Are.

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    Re: Is or are

    Quote Originally Posted by sane View Post
    I wonder if any of you is (or are?) interested.
    Either will do.


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    Re: Is or are

    either

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    Re: Is or are

    If that's correct Engee, then we could form the question:

    *Is you interested?

    The only sentence I know with 'is you' is from a jazz song:

    Is you is, or is you ain't my baby? The analysis of which as correct would win a PhD and a Nobel Prize for a budding Generative Grammarian!

    'you is' is wrong.


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    Re: Is or are

    What is the subject in the sub clause, Pedro? And what is the head in the NP? Which part of the sentence does is/are have to agree, IYO?

    EDIT:
    When used as a pronoun, any can take either a singular or plural verb, depending on how it is construed: Any (of these books) is suitable (that is, any one). But are any (that is, some) of them available?
    Last edited by svartnik; 20-Jun-2009 at 10:07.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    If that's correct Engee, then we could form the question:

    *Is you interested?

    The only sentence I know with 'is you' is from a jazz song:

    Is you is, or is you ain't my baby? The analysis of which as correct would win a PhD and a Nobel Prize for a budding Generative Grammarian!

    'you is' is wrong.
    The trouble is you've changed the structure of the question. There's all the difference in the world between:
    Is you interested?
    and:
    Is/Are any of you interested?


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    Re: Is or are

    Any might be a pronoun, but it cannot be a subject. *Any is interested. *Any are interested.

    I like the new photo Svartnik. Think I figured out where you got your name: The Hungarian Grammarian? Correct? Saw him mentioned lately in a thing I was reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    I like the new photo Svartnik. Think I figured out where you got your name: The Hungarian Grammarian? Correct? Saw him mentioned lately in a thing I was reading.
    You mean Svartvik, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    Any might be a pronoun, but it cannot be a subject. *Any is interested. *Any are interested.
    Couldn't agree more.

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