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# doubt : any of the documents (is/are) missing?

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doubt : any of the documents (is/are) missing?
any of the data (is/are) deleted?
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04 Jul 2011, 02:03
any of the documents are missing?
any of the data is deleted?
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04 Jul 2011, 02:14
This is an example of SANAM (some, any,none,all,most) pronouns, that can be singular/plural depending on the context. "Data" is singular, so "any of data" will be singular as well. You can read MGMAT SC for more details.
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04 Jul 2011, 04:30
In this context, data is singular ( I know that data is plural of datum) . However, data can be singular or plural depending on context.

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/is ... lural.aspx

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04 Jul 2011, 05:02

it says : "If you write for an organization or discipline that insists on the plural count noun usage, pay attention to other words in the sentence that are sensitive to number. "

so is the GMAT a stickler for plural or does it allow leeway for singular usage?
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04 Jul 2011, 05:26
It's like this, certain words can be singular/plural depending on the overall meaning of sentence. So you'll have to take a call based on the context/meaning of the sentence.
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Re: Singular/Plural? "Any"   [#permalink] 04 Jul 2011, 05:26
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