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This indefinite pronoun may take either a singular or a plural verb. Don’t pay any attention to the myth that none always requires a singular verb. It doesn’t.

In the words of New Fowler at p. 526:

It is a mistake to suppose that the pronoun [none] is singular only and must at all costs be followed by singular verbs or pronouns . . . . At all times since the reign ofKingAlfred the choice of plural or singular . . . has been governed by the surrounding words or by the notional sense.

Consider this correct sentence:

None of the women meet after work.

It does take more than one to meet, now doesn’t it?

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  • Aramis
    Was it not originally singular from meaning "not one"?
    LikeReply2 years ago


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