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    #1

    None of the campers was/were

    I used 'was' because of 'none', but the answer given was 'were'.

    Question: None of the campers was/were late this morning.

    I thought the focus is none. When do I use a verb that agree with none/several/many etc?

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    #2

    Re: None of the campers was/were

    Both 'was' and 'were' are used after 'none'.

    See this usage note from Random House Dictionary:


    • Since none has the meanings "not one'' and "not any,'' some insist that it always be treated as a singular and be followed by a singular verb: The rescue party searched for survivors, but none was found.
    • However, none has been used with both singular and plural verbs since the 9th century. When the sense is "not any persons or things'' (as in the example above), the plural is more common: … none were found.
    • Only when none is clearly intended to mean "not one'' or "not any'' is it followed by a singular verb: Of all my articles, none has received more acclaim than my latest one.

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    #3

    Re: None of the campers was/were

    In this case, is it possible then that both 'was' and 'were' are correct answers to the question? It's a grammar exercise.

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    #4

    Re: None of the campers was/were

    Having read post #2 above and the example below, I consider both 'was' and 'were' correct.

    'None of these pens works/work.'──quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie.../none_1?q=none
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: None of the campers was/were

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    It's a grammar exercise.
    Where did you come across it? Can you provide a link please?

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