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'Had' problem [#permalink] New post 30 May 2004, 16:52
If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated, or even suspected, the impending sale of the Koniko kelp processing plant, they would have advised owners of Koniko stock to unload all shares immediately.
(A) If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(B) Had anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers anticipated
(C) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(D) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers had anticipated
(E) If anybody at InterCom Financial Advisers anticipated

I am confused between B and D.
Since D contains 'any people' which sounds very unidiomatic I will go for B.

What do u guys think?

PLz explain the answer

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 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2004, 20:10
I would go with D

"they would have advised owners of Koniko" in the main sentence suggests that you should be looking for plural subject.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 May 2004, 08:59
Agree with praveen's explanation. D is right.
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Re: 'Had' problem [#permalink] New post 31 May 2004, 22:41
D is correct
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2004, 01:07
here "had" required .

so B and D are contenders

but "they" require plural subject.

so "any people" would be appropriate.

so D is best choice in this case.

But is "any people" right usage ?. i never heard of it.

can some body give me some examples for this usage.

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