If you and two other people were in a room, and you needed to ask them for water, would you say to them "Do either of you have water?", or "does either of you have water?"?

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You would not say either but would ask

Does any of you have water?


Do any of you have water?

The word either is used with two.

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    It's worth pointing out that "Does any of you have water?" is ungrammatical to at least some speakers. Though it might be used. "any" is normally considered plural. "Does anybody have water?" would be a possibility though.
    – DRF
    Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 6:49
  • I changed the number of people to two. I ask this question because I was pointed out to that you don't use "does" in "Does either of you have water.", in its stead, you use "do". I was confused because I'd looked it up on the internet, and most sites i went on claimed they were both fine. Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 3:04
  • In quite the same way, I was told you don't say "Does any of you have water" either. Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 3:05
  • I was pointed out to is not a valid passive, at least not in AmE. It was pointed out to me that 'I was pointed out to' is not a valid passive.
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 10:58
  • @DRF: How do you feel about does any of them ? Does that sound more grammatical to you than does any of you?
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 11:04

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