Hello, great scholars. I want to know if these sentences are grammatical.

1. Do any of you wish to contest for president? 

2. Does any of you wish to contest for president? 

Thanks so much.

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Hi, Yale Wale,

I think both of them are grammatically correct. I guess that's because it isn't clear what 'any' refers to here. What does the speaker have in mind? One single person or more? It is up to the speaker.

Michael Swan 3rd edition, page 48, states that:

"Note that when 'any of' is followed by a plural subject, the verb can be singular or plural. A singular verb is more common in a formal style.
- If any of your friends is/are interested, let me know."

Last edited by ahmed_btm

Hi, Yale Wale,

I am forced to agree with Ahmed_btm that "Does any of them" is technically grammatically possible, even though I don't think I've heard a single person say it in my entire life as a native speaker of English. The topic came up recently here:

https://thegrammarexchange.inf...3#583405316579668193

The natural choice is "Do any of you." When a plural count noun follows "any of," the natural number for the verb is plural, even though the singular verb is possible. Incidentally, I recommend changing "wish to contest for president" to "wish to run for president." From Google books:

"to contest for president": 2

"to run for president": 169,000

On COCA, there is not a single result for "to contest for president."

Last edited by David, Moderator

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