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Which of the following is are correct or sound less jarring?

1) Do any of your friends have cars?
2) Do any of your friends have a car?
3) Is any of your friends an actor?
4) Are any of your friends an actor?
5) Are any of your friends actors?

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    What do you think about them all?
    – Maulik V
    Oct 1, 2015 at 12:24
  • 1 and 5 sound good to me.
    – Martze
    Oct 1, 2015 at 13:00
  • My picks are 2 and 5, depending on what you are asking. Although I'm stumped as to why. It's just how I talk! Nov 23, 2015 at 0:58

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In general match plural objects to plural subjects.

Between 1 & 2, choose 1. Number 2 asks (oddly) about the collective ownership among your friends of a single car.

Among 3, 4, and 5, choose #5. Number 3 is just odd. Number 4 mixes singular/plural, and again hints at some bizarre, collective acting career.

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    I don't think #2 is that odd. Let's say I need a ride to the airport. I arrange to get a ride with Joe, but that morning he calls me to tell me his car has a flat tire, and he won't be able to take me. I need a ride – and quick! I might ask him, "Do any of your friends have a car?" (He may have several friends, but I only need a ride from one willing driver.)
    – J.R.
    Oct 1, 2015 at 16:42
  • I second that. If you are asking about the collective ownership among your friends of a single car, this is a natural way to ask. It seems like #1 is asking if any of my individual friends have (multiple) cars. Nov 23, 2015 at 0:56

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