none : Common Errors in English

About none

There’s a lot of disagreement about this one. “None” can be either singular or plural, depending on the meaning you intend and its context in the sentence. “None of the pie is left” is clearly singular. But “None of the chocolates is left” is widely accepted, as is “None of the chocolates are left.” If it’s not obvious to you which it should be, don’t worry; few of your readers will be certain either.

none Meaning(s)

  • (n) a canonical hour that is the ninth hour of the day counting from sunrise
  • (n) a service in the Roman Catholic Church formerly read or chanted at 3 PM (the ninth hour counting from sunrise) but now somewhat earlier
  • (s) not any
  • (r) not at all or in no way

none in News

  1. Deputies: Kids were forced into scam 'fundraiser'

    Nine kids, none older than 15 years old, walked up and down a Spring Hill street, selling items to people saying they were raising money for a non-profit. But deputies say it was a scam.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: FOX 5 Washington D.C.

  2. Obama and the Callous Kanye Culture

    Egotistical musicians often exaggerate their political influence, none more than the nattering, narcissistic rapper Kanye West. He has compared himself in global stature to Apple founder Steve Jobs and has titled his latest album "Yeesus."
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Brent Bozell III via Yahoo! News

  3. Iran's Election Is All About The Economy, But None The Candidates Have A Plan To Fix It

    Tomorrow is the first round of voting in the Iranian presidential election, marking the end of the contentious Mahmoud Ahmadinejad-era. If none of six candidates gain a 50% majority, a runoff round will be held on 21 June.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Business Insider

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