At one point, many authorities insisted that the verb that no one followed should always be singular, for none was considered one and did not have a singular meaning. The AP Stylebook also calls for journalists to use singular verbs with “none”; For the same reasons that Cassie just mentioned. It`s a “step one” contraction. This is another reason why writers need to know their audience when they write. This theme of “was/were” with “none” appeared yesterday at an editorial meeting with a client. I felt that “were” correct in the situation, but I could not cite rules to justify it. Now I know why – it`s a very controversial topic. But I`m quite pleased with Jane`s statement. People who do Saxon tests are inspired like you. I don`t think about other “party” topics like the majority, some and many things. These words may be singular or plural depending on the implied or specified purpose of the preposition. Examples: some of the costs have been recovered.
Some of the costs have been recovered. Much of the cake was eaten. Most of the cakes were eaten. The PRONOUN `none` is NOT versatile. It`s always unique. I don`t know where you got your rule. On the other hand, there is an indeterminate pronoun, none that can be singular or plural; It doesn`t matter if you use a singular or a plural adverb, unless something else in the sentence determines its number. (Writers generally do not consider any to be meaningful and choose a plural verb as in “None of the engines work,” but if something else leads us to consider none as one, we want a singular verb, as in “None of the food is fresh.”) Also, if there is a noun or a singular pronoun before the none of, use a singular form of a verb after (The Free Dictionary).
Examples: No, and none of them are decisive. No one is a pronoun. No, none, none of them send. Yes, time, distance and money are sometimes considered a unit and take on a singular verb. According to AP Stylebook, “some words that are plural in form become collective subtantes and adopt individual verbs if the group or quantity is considered a unit.” Right: A thousand bushels are a good yield. A unit. Right: There were a thousand bushels. (individual elements) At least in today`s common American language, neither choice is complicated enough to be considered “false.” “None” could be considered as the same number as its predecessor (which, in this example, makes it pluralistic and context in general) or simply as a contraction of “not one” or “person” (which always makes it singular). As we mentioned in our response to Dimitri of September 14, 2011, the entry of the AP Stylebooks indicates that “none usually means one. In this sense, individual verbs and pronouns are always required: none of the seats were in its right place. Use a plural verb only if the meaning is not two or not at all: none of the advisors agrees with the same approach. None of the taxes were paid. It is very dark to see that there are still people who carefully explore the intricacies of grammar and who don`t just walk with the river because of popularity – some things are just wrong.