Do Anyone or Does Anyone: Which is Correct?

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Which is the correct way to start a question: “Do anyone” or “does anyone?”

We can address this question by learning more about the indefinite pronoun anyone. The pronoun anyone (and anybody) is the singular form. This needs a singular verb.

We can create the singular form of a verb by adding -s to it in the present tense, for example, draws, walks, and sleeps. It also uses forms such as does, has, was, is.

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Can you guess which of the following is correct?

  • Do anyone?
  • Does anyone?
  • Do anyone have?
  • Do anyone has?
  • Does anyone have?
  • Does anyone has?

Do anyone…?

This is incorrect. We cannot say “do anyone…” because “do” is for plural forms and other personal pronouns (you, we and they).

Does anyone…?

This is correct. We can say “does anyone…” because “does” can be used with third-person singular pronouns like “anyone.”

Do anyone have…?

This is incorrect. We cannot use “do” with “anyone” for the reasons stated above.

Do anyone has…?

This is incorrect. We cannot use “do” with “anyone” for the reasons stated above.

Does anyone have…?

This is correct. The main verb “have” should be kept in its infinitive (base form) with the conjugating auxiliary verb “do.”

Does anyone has…?

This is incorrect. The main verb “have” should be kept in its infinitive (base form) with the conjugating auxiliary verb “do.”

Example Sentences with “Does Anyone…?”

  • “Does anyone know the answer?”
  • “Does anyone have any suggestions?”
  • “Does anyone else want to try?”
  • “No one ever uses the correct grammar in their questions. Does anyone even care?”
  • “Does anyone have a spare pencil?”
  • “Does anyone want to go for coffee?”
  • “Does anyone know how to fix this printer?”
  • “Does anyone use the wifi?”

As we can see from the examples, “does anyone” is the correct way to start these questions. We hope this has helped clear things up!

In British English, instead of hearing “does anyone have…?” you might hear “has anyone got…?” This is informal, and the question is the same. For example, “has anyone got a pencil?” means the same as “does anyone have a pencil?”

Here are some similar questions for you:

Anyone is or anyone are?

Anyone is singular. We can say “anyone is” as in “is anyone willing to help?” or “is anyone busy at the moment?”

This question uses the third-person singular verb form of the auxiliary verb “be,” which is “is.”

“Does anybody have” or “does anybody has?”

Anybody and anyone mean the same, according to Collins Dictionary. Anybody is also the singular form.

We can say, “does anybody have,” as in “does anybody have any suggestions?”

Similarly, we can say:

  • Does Tim have…?
  • Does Amy have…?
  • Does everyone have…?
  • Does he have…?
  • Does it have…?
  • Does she have…?
  • Does someone have…?
  • Does nobody have…?

In Conclusion

One correct way to start a question with anyone is “does anyone…?” This is because the singular form of the indefinite pronoun anyone (and its variations like anybody and someone) uses “does.” Another way to start questions is: “Is anyone…?”

Remember that in British English, you might hear, “has anyone got…?” This is the informal way of asking the same question. For example, instead of saying, “does anyone have a pencil?” a British person might say, “Has anyone got a pencil?”

Have you any questions regarding sentences with anyone? Let me know in the comments below!

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Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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