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    #1

    none of my cousins was/were

    Another subject-verb agreement confusion....This should be basic yet i'm unsure if the verb should go with the determiner 'none' or the subject 'cousins'


    - None of my cousins was/were present for the get-together last evening.


    Thank you for teaching me!
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    #2

    Re: none of my cousins was/were

    None of my cousins was/were present for the get-together last yesterday evening.
    You can use either was/were.

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    #3

    Re: none of my cousins was/were

    @ teechar, as in 'none' with was, and 'my cousins' with were?

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    #4

    Re: none of my cousins was/were

    None of my cousins was at the get-together yesterday evening.
    or
    None of my cousins were at the get-together yesterday evening.

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    #5

    Re: none of my cousins was/were

    Please help me to understand why I cannot use 'last' evening.

    Thank you!

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    #6

    Re: none of my cousins was/were

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    Please help me to understand why I cannot use 'last' evening.
    It's unnatural. Did you mean "yesterday evening" in the original sentence or something else?

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    Re: none of my cousins was/were

    Yes, I meant "yesterday evening"

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    Re: none of my cousins was/were

    I have no problem with "last evening".

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    #9

    Re: none of my cousins was/were

    It's another AmE vs BrE difference. I don't know why but in BrE:

    Yesterday morning
    Yesterday lunchtime
    Yesterday afternoon
    Yesterday evening
    Last night

    We only use "last evening" in phrases like "I can't remember the last evening I spent at a pub".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: none of my cousins was/were

    Oceanlike, this is one of the best "rules" I have come across that deals with verb number following a subject that it is a noun that represents a part of a whole (including 100% and 0%. The number of the following prepositional object determines the number of the following verb.

    Some of the cake was eaten.
    Some of the cakes were eaten.

    All of the cake was eaten.
    All of the cakes were eaten.

    None of the cake was eaten.
    None of the cakes were eaten.

    Some people say that "none" is always singular, but that is not correct. Because in your sentence, "cousins" is plural, I would use "were".

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