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    #1

    none of , any of,

    Hello,

    Neither of them was here.
    Neither of them were here.
    Neither was here.
    None of them is mine.
    None of them are mine.

    a) None (not a single one of us) is so fallible as those who are sure they are right.
    b) None (not any of us) are so fallible as those who are sure they are right.

    a) Is any of them the guilty one? (When only one of them is guilty).
    b) Are any of them the guilty ones? (When more than one of them are guilty).

    I always see these structures everywhere. All of them I have written are OK, is that right?

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    #2

    Re: none of , any of,

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hello,

    Neither of them was here.
    Neither of them were here.
    Neither was here.
    None of them is mine.
    None of them are mine.

    a) None (not a single one of us) is so fallible as those who are sure they are right.
    b) None (not any of us) are so fallible as those who are sure they are right.

    a) Is any of them the guilty one? (When only one of them is guilty).
    b) Are any of them the guilty ones? (When more than one of them are guilty).

    I always see these structures everywhere. All of them I have written are OK, is that right?
    They are all commonly used.

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    #3

    Re: none of , any of,

    So many thanks... Can I ask one more question?

    A pair of shirts are/ is......
    A couple of girls are/ is.....

    Which one must we use when using 'a pair, a couple...etc'? Are or is?
    Thanks...

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    #4

    Re: none of , any of,

    I would always use the plural for "A pair of shirts" and "A couple of girls."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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