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Which is correct ? Do any of your students speak English? or Does any of your students speak English?
What are the rules of verb-noun agreement, especially with none, any, etc.?
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Hi,

Which is correct ? Do any of your students speak English? or Does any of your students speak English?
What are the rules of verb-noun agreement, especially with none, any, etc.?
In this context, 'any of' can be followed by either form of the verb. Singular is considered more formal than plural, I'd say.

Best wishes, Clive
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My grammar book and one of my E-J dictionaries say as follows:
(EX) Does/Do any of the members agree with you?
(EX) None of the books was/were placed on the shelves.
Prescriptive grammars have tended to insist on the singular verb, but notional agreement or the proximity principle invites a plural verb, which tends to be more frequently used and is generally accepted even in formal usages.

- In New York Times com -
"Do any of them ….?" : 10 uses. "Does any of them …?" : 0 uses.
- In ac.uk domains -
"Do any of them …?" : about 50 uses. "Does any of them …?" : 3 uses.

paco
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In any of these things, the term any is referring to only one item and not two or more therefore it is singular and should take a singular verb.
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