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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

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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2005, 19:48
Please explain your answer. I am more curious about reasons why you picked the answer than the answer. I already have the OA!
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2005, 19:55
A, B, and E fail because "they" cannot refer to anybody or anyone.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2005, 20:13
Hjort,

Is the use of
'Any people' at InterCom
correct?
This doesn't seem like a commonly used term although I agree that the other choices are grammatically wrong because of S-V agreement errors.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2005, 20:53
Only (B) and (D) have the correct tense. If sb had done sth, he(they) would have ...

(B) is singular and (D) is plural. I'd have chosen (B) if there isn't the word "they" later. "Any people" definitely sound worse than "anyone".

But I have to choose D since I need a plural.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2005, 21:21
Nocilis,

Any people seems nonstandard but it is still better than anyone or anybody in this context.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2005, 23:36
I had picked B too, knowing that it has a S-V problem as the other possible choice D sounded more ackward.
Thanks for explanations Hjort and Hong.
OA is D
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