Hi,

Which is correct in the following? Say, there are a few persons in front of me and I ask them:

(1) Are any of you interested in going out for a movie tonight?

(2) Is any of you interested in going out for a movie tonight?

To me "is" sounds better, but my question is whether it is ok to use "is" when the pronoun here is "you"...

Or is it a matter of singular/plural?

Thanks,

Klingo
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No: are. It has nothing to do with 'you'. 'Any' follows the number of the noun:

Is any of the sugar left?

Are any of your friends left?
Thanks a lot!

Klingo
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but i've read this somewhere ------- Is anyone here ? waitt i don't understand !!
Because there is no one evident. In your original, there are several people gathered.
Use 'are' for plurals and 'is' for singles.

Any implies plural unless otherwise indicated; therefore 'are' is used by default. However, if the 'any' is called out as singular, then use 'is'.

Anyone is singular. Compare against 'any one'. Likewise for 'anybody': it means any single body (person). And so on.

Are any of you listening? (You refers to the class/crowd/audience) which is made up of lots of "you"s.

Amongst all of you is any one person listening to me?

Is anyone here?

Is anybody here?

Is there a person here?
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Just one more question.

Let's change the number of people from a few to two and use "either" instead of "any". Then, is the following correct?

Is either of you interested in going out for a movie tonight?

Thanks again,

Klingo

The rule for 'any' and the rule for 'either' is the same.


Any/Either of (plus a plural noun or pronoun) can be followed by a verb in the singular or plural: If any/either of your friends want/wants to come, they are welcome. Plural is preferred in everyday language; singular is more formal. Of course, the verb precedes the subject in a question. Is/Are any/either of your friends ready?


This same advice is given in several places on the internet, but the following site is just about as good as any.

I have to say that the more formal versions sound rather stilted to my ear. I personally use the plurals.


CJ

Thanks CJ,

for the advice and the link as well.

Klingo
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