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# Carpenters, dentists, sewing machine operators,

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Carpenters, dentists, sewing machine operators, needlepointers, piano players, and indeed anyone who works with their hands for long hours can get carpal tunnel syndrome.

(A) anyone who works
(B) anyone working
(C) workers
(D) those for whom work is
(E) any people who work
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22 Oct 2004, 16:41
I would go w/ E because the noun should be plural... to establish the parallism.
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25 Oct 2004, 07:55
E for me as well. C would have been better if it had the missing part.
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25 Oct 2004, 08:07
"Any people" sounds weird. I think "any" always plus singular. C should be the answer.
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25 Oct 2004, 08:53
I remember a previous post from Venksune where he wrote any alone is sometimes plural sometimes singular...

C sounds weird.
I choose E
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25 Oct 2004, 10:01
IMO...C should be the ans......clear concise...and it does establish parallelism.....
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26 Oct 2004, 05:58
The OA is E
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26 Oct 2004, 16:17
Is there any rule on the "any" usage we could emphasize here ?
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26 Oct 2004, 16:51
twixt wrote:
Is there any rule on the "any" usage we could emphasize here ?

I doubt even if the answer given is correct. there seems to be no answer choice in this question.
Any people sounds weird in my ears.
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26 Oct 2004, 19:53
Any can be singular or plural. It depends on what follows any

singular : any person(singular) who works
plural : any people(plural) who work

Hope this helps.
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05 Nov 2004, 13:37
Even though the OA is E. I feel that it should be A becos â€˜anyoneâ€™ is always singular and 'any' can be singular or plural.
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05 Nov 2004, 13:43
'anyone who works' is fine, but if you look at the sentence there are plural nouns allover - carpenters, piano palyers, whatever. So from multiple reference to plural nouns, suddenly the singular track is why A is off. E maintains that consistency - plural everywhere.
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05 Nov 2004, 18:18
venksune, Thx for your explanation but like Iris I have the same question - is it valid
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05 Nov 2004, 18:31
iris wrote:
Just wondering : is "any people " a valid usage?

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=213075&page=1
Look at second paragraph, second sentence
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06 Nov 2004, 21:11
I think we can shorten " ... anyone who works with their hands for long hours can get carpal tunnel syndrome. .."

as

"... anyone working with their hands for long hours can get carpal tunnel syndrome..."

if we do that b would be the answer and there is no need to discuss plural or singular.

I hope I am right
06 Nov 2004, 21:11
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