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Hello,

I just saw this sentence from a book of Cambrige library collection:

"It is to be founded according to ordinances, statutes and so forth made by the persons just named while they live, or by any other person or persons to that purpose desiganted"

but I still don't understand the diffrence between the two constructs:

a) any other person

b) any other persons

Could you tell me why are these different?

Here in Italy, at least to my knowledge, (a) should suffice and (b) would be a redundancy to avoid.

Thank you for your time.

Bye.

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It's overly precise "legalese". The writers want to make sure there are no arguments about the legality of the situation when more than one person has been designated, so whether one person or more than one is designated, the statement is valid. This is not at all unusual in legal documents in the English language.

CJ

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The word 'any' always works for anything singular.