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Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 10:12:40 AM
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Please feel free to reject if any of the suggestions is/are not acceptable to you.

Is the above sentence grammatical, especially in the regard to is/are?

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FounDit
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 11:05:59 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Please feel free to reject if any of the suggestions is/are not acceptable to you.

Is the above sentence grammatical, especially in the regard to is/are?

Thanks.

I think "are" would be preferable since "any" can mean more than one, and "suggestions" is plural. However, it seems something is missing since it isn't clear what is being rejected. I would expect something such as "plan/proposal/suggestion" etc.
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Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 6:22:44 PM

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This sentence allows for any subset of the suggestions to be found unacceptable, as we all know that a subset of a set includes 0 items of the set as well as all items in the set.
Write Edge
Posted: Friday, November 26, 2021 12:16:40 AM

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this sentence with "are" is making good sense.
sureshot
Posted: Friday, November 26, 2021 2:06:44 AM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
Please feel free to reject if any of the suggestions is/are not acceptable to you.

Is the above sentence grammatical, especially in the regard to is/are?

Thanks.

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When the "any of" is followed by a countable plural noun, the verb can be in either singular or plural form. A plural verb is preferred in informal style. A singular verb is more common in a formal style.

In my view, the given sentence is a part of a formal text. So, the use of singular verb "is" is the preferred choice.
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