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"anyone..." singular or plural?

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


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 Registered User Posts: 16,870 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 Registered User Posts: 192 Junior Member
    Couldn't "anyone want to play?" be short for "Does anyone want to play?"
  • auxsoleilauxsoleil Registered User Posts: 426 Member
    All the ones, bodies and things are singular -- ex. anyone, anything, anybody :)
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