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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

Can anyone tell what verb tense is 'would have anticipated'.
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I believe D. Anybody/Anyone is always singular. but since the subject is referred to with 'they', it needs to be a plural subject.
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great question. I'll go with D per sigepuci reasoning
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Considering tense sequence, "had anticipated" and "would have advised", Options will narrowed down to either "B" or "D"

And "they" of non-underslined part forces to go for "D".

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I find problems in both B and D. Since "they" is plural so the use of "any" is incorrect. Anyway if I have to choose, I choose B cos any + singular noun not plural noun. What's the OA????
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New post 15 Aug 2004, 21:53
few points..
1. 'any' is used either with a singular or plural verb. Here we need to work backwards...'they' is plural subject so, 'any' is used with plural verb 'have'. Thus, 'anyone' and 'anybody' are out. Note: People is a plural noun so 'they' refers to 'any people'.

2. We are now left with C and D. C is weak - 'would have anticipated....would have advised'.

3. D is right - '..if....had anticipated (past perfect)......., they would have (would + have + past participle)'. D has the right IF....THEN tense constructions.
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