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    Question None vs. no one

    If "none" refers to a person in a sentence, can it be replaced with "no one" ? If no, could you tell me the difference between them? Could you give me examples? Thanks a lot.

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    Re: None vs. no one

    Quote Originally Posted by terrenziqq View Post
    If "none" refers to a person in a sentence, can it be replaced with "no one" ? If no, could you tell me the difference between them? Could you give me examples? Thanks a lot.
    You could say "I went into the room, no one was there" but you can't say "I went into the room, none was there". You could say "I went into the room looking for John, Mary and Jim, none (of them) were there." Can you see why?

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    Re: None vs. no one

    I'm not sure I understand this part: If "none" refers to a person in a sentence

    Perhaps it would be a good idea for you to give an example of this usage.


    But, I can think of some examples of usage:

    None of them were willing to go.
    No one volunteered to go.


    None of the members present voted against the proposal.
    No one at the meeting voted against the proposal.
    (Or, No one voted against the proposal.)



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    Re: None vs. no one

    Quote Originally Posted by opa6x57 View Post
    I'm not sure I understand this part: If "none" refers to a person in a sentence

    Perhaps it would be a good idea for you to give an example of this usage.

    To opa6x57:
    I mean some may say the difference between them is "no one" can only be referred to humanbeings while none can be referred to lifeless items. So, I gave the condition in advance.
    Thank you both for the good answers. I really aprreciate your help.

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    Re: None vs. no one

    Quote Originally Posted by terrenziqq View Post
    To opa6x57:
    I mean some may say the difference between them is "no one" can only be referred to humanbeings while none can be referred to lifeless items. So, I gave the condition in advance.
    Thank you both for the good answers. I really aprreciate your help.
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    Terrenziqq,


    (1) I just wanted to respectfully remind you that "none" can

    absolutely refer to human beings, too.

    (2) Many times I will read or hear a sentence such as:

    There was an airplane crash. Fortunately, none of the

    passengers died. (None = n(ot) + one)


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    Re: None vs. no one

    As Parser helpfully suggested, think of 'none' as meaning 'not one'; I would add " or 'not any'". Think of 'no one' as 'no person'.

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