none : Common Errors in English


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.
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  • 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
    thou shalt have none other gods before me
  • r  not at all or in no way
    seemed none too pleased with his dinner
    shirt looked none the worse for having been slept in
    none too prosperous
    the passage is none too clear
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