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Which is correct: I am concerned about whether there has been or have been any accidents.

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  • Is there any volunteers? or Are there any volunteers?
    – TimR
    Feb 11, 2016 at 18:25
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    It has to be have, because any accidents is a plural NP. For reasons that aren't immediately obvious to me, it's not actually idiomatic to cast the whole thing into the singular and ask whether there has been any accident. But if we change the specific noun, it's perfectly normal English to wonder whether there has been any mistake (almost 3000 hits in Google Books). Feb 11, 2016 at 18:26

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The correct forms of your query are

I am concerned about whether there has been an accident.
I am concerned about whether there have been any accidents.

Both forms can mean the same thing since to ask about one accident (without specifying a specific accident or situation) is to ask about all accidents.

If you said

I'm asking about whether there was an accident.
Has there been an accident?
Was there an accident?

You might get the reply

Yes, there have been several.

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  • In the same vein, I have no problem with this answer is effectively equivalent to plural I have no problems with this answer. Feb 11, 2016 at 19:30

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