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"anyone..." singular or plural?

AznPwydAznPwyd Posts: 446Registered User Member
edited March 2007 in SAT Preparation
Sparknotes says that "anyone" is singular.

http://www.sparknotes.com/testprep/books/sat2/writing/chapter5section4.rhtml

So we should say:

"Is there anyone that wants to play?"

That makes sense but does that mean that asking "Anyone want to play?" is actually wrong?
Post edited by AznPwyd on

Replies to: "anyone..." singular or plural?

  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Posts: 13,300Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, "anyone" is singular.

    Actually, you'd say, "Is there anyone who wants to play?" since that refers to an object and who refers to people.

    "Anyone want to play?" is just idiomatic and not gramatically correct.

    Call me the Grammar Nazi.
  • jumpman5050jumpman5050 Posts: 192Registered User Junior Member
    Couldn't "anyone want to play?" be short for "Does anyone want to play?"
  • auxsoleilauxsoleil Posts: 426Registered User Member
    All the ones, bodies and things are singular -- ex. anyone, anything, anybody :)
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