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c3ga
Turkey

none offfffffffffff
 
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which one is correct?
 
-none of the students are boys.
 
- none of the students is boy.
 
-none of the students is a boy.
 
 
and
 
 
-none of the students is angry
 
-none of the students are angry
 
-none of the student is angry
 
 
 
please help :) 

15 Jan 2015      



totonioski
Italy

Hello,
 
the subject of the sentence is None which is singular (none=zero) so it īs advisable to use a singular even if both, is/are, are grammatically correct.
 
I think it īs always advisable to use the singular.

15 Jan 2015     



almaz
United Kingdom

Sorry, but none has never existed in singular only. It isnīt a contraction of īno oneī, as many people seem to think. A good rule of thumb would be to use the singular or plural agreement when you believe the context demands it – so "none of the students are..." would be fine for me in both cases.  Have a look here for a good explanation.
 
 

15 Jan 2015     



Yolandaprieto
Spain

I have been corrected by native speakers when I have used the plural in this case and now it sounds weird to me.
 
Yolanda

15 Jan 2015     



vivienne71
Greece

Although "none" is often used with a singular verb, it can definitely be followed by either a singular or plural verb if it refers to a countable noun.
"None of the drivers has/ have arrived."

16 Jan 2015