Is none plural or singular

Is “none” plural or singular?

It will depend of the context of its use.
IF it is used as a pronoun, is only used in a singular form and it means “Not any”, “not one”, “Not a one”, “no part”, “not a part”, “not a bit”, “not any”, “no person” and similar associated ideas.
IF it is used as an adverb, it is used in a singular form and means “by no amount”; “not at all”.
IF it is used as a noun, it has a plural “nones” and it may refer to a time in the ancient Roman calendar, the ninth day before the ides by inclusive reckoning, i.
e.
the 7th day of March, May, July, October, the 5th of other months.
It may refer also to a service forming part of the Divine Office of the Western Christian Church, traditionally said (or chanted) at the ninth hour of the day (3 p.
m.
).

Prescriptive grammarians consider “none” singular, which means that it takes a singular verb (e.
g.
, “None is” “None were” “None has”).
However, in the speech of many people, “none” frequently precedes a plural pronoun such as “us” and “them” (“none of us” “none of them”), and so speakers often use a plural verb (“None of us are” “None of us were” “None of them have”).
However, this use of a plural verb is not considered standard.

Updated: 11.07.2019 — 5:36 pm

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