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none offfffffffffff


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

15 Jan 2015      


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

15 Jan 2015     

United Kingdom

Sorry, but none has never existed in singular only. It isn�t a contraction of �no one�, 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     


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

15 Jan 2015     


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