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    #1

    none and no one

    Here are two confusing exercises:

    (1)--Is there anyone in the room?
    --__________. Ans: A

    (2) ---Is there any person in the room?
    ---__________. Ans: B

    A. No one B. None

    Is there any difference from a native's point of view in the above two senteces?

    I know "none" can act as a reply to "How many" while "no one" can be used to reply to "Who" .

    But in the above case, I cannot figure out the subtle difference. Are they both correct?

    Thanks!

    Jason

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    Re: none and no one

    Think of it this way:

    Is there "any one"? -- No one.

    And a person is one.

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    Re: none and no one

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Here are two confusing exercises:

    (1)--Is there anyone in the room?
    --__________. Ans: A

    (2) ---Is there any person in the room?
    ---__________. Ans: B

    A. No one B. None


    Jason
    It's a very bad exercise. Neither of the answers is suitable for either of the questions.

    (1) 'Is there anyone in the room?' 'No.'

    (2) 'Is there any person in the room?' is not a natural question. Even if it were, the answer would still be 'no'.

    Rover

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