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    None of our products is/has been/was tested on animals.

    Thank you all for your previous replies. Here's another question for my teachers:

    None of our products is tested on animals.
    None of our products has been tested on animals.
    None of our products was tested on animals.

    Which tense/s is/are right, if there is not a context? (it is just a sentence in an exercise about passives. The key to the exercise just gives the first sentence as the right one. What about the others?

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    Re: tenses/passive

    All are correct sentences if there is no context. Was the exercise simply to identify incorrect forms? If so, it was a bad exercise.

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    Re: tenses/passive

    Thank you for your reply. It was a grammar exercise about passives ("Complete the sentences with the correct passive form of the verbs in the box...") provided by a famous course book for foreign learners. But it's very common to find such exercises, in which the context of the sentence is not clear. What is puzzling to me is the single-answer key!

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    Re: tenses/passive

    It's simply a bad exercise.

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    #5

    Re: None of our products is/has been/was tested on animals.

    clairec, please note that I have changed your thread title.

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    Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: None of our products is/has been/was tested on animals.

    Quote Originally Posted by clairec View Post
    None of our products is are tested on animals.
    None of our products has have been tested on animals.
    None of our products was were tested on animals.
    "Products" is plural, so...

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    #7

    Re: None of our products is/has been/was tested on animals.

    While the plural verb is acceptable to many people these days, many others consider the subject of the verb to be none (=not one). Clairec's original sentences are correct.

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    #8

    Re: None of our products is/has been/was tested on animals.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    While the plural verb is acceptable to many people these days, many others consider the subject of the verb to be none (=not one). Clairec's original sentences are correct.
    "products" is the subject, sorry. Even if it wasn't...

    "None have been here".
    "Zero times".

    You still need the plural.

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    #9

    Re: None of our products is/has been/was tested on animals.

    The subject is not products; it is None (of the products).

    When we use none with a plural noun or pronoun, the verb can be singular (a little more formal) or plural (a little more informal).

    Swan, Michael (2005.352), Practical English Usage, OUP

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    #10

    Re: None of our products is/has been/was tested on animals.

    You will hear both the singular and the plural in BrE. My initial reaction when I read post #1 was that it should be plural, but then I read them again and realised that the singular was equally acceptable. My personal preference is for the plural. Had the sentences started with "Not one of our products", I would have automatically used the singular.

    None of our products have been tested on animals.
    Not one of our products has been tested on animals.

    However, let me repeat - that is purely my personal preference.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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