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    hatgray is offline Member
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    Almost none of them is /are

    Hi,

    Which of the following is correct?

    Almost none of them is / are going to the party?

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    Re: Almost none of them is /are

    Both are possible. Is is probably a little more formal, and are is probably a little more natural, to my ear at least.

    The choice can be one of style, preference or emphasis. The singular would emphasize the individual members of a given group and the plural would put the emphasis on the group as a whole.

    In your example I would use are since the number not going is clearly more than one.
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    Re: Almost none of them is /are

    Quote Originally Posted by hatgray View Post
    Almost none of them is / are going to the party?
    Only are sounds possible to my American-English-trained ears.
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    Re: Almost none of them is /are

    Part of the problem is that it's unlikely that a native speaker would use this construction.

    Some of them are going to the party.
    Only a few of them are going to the party.

    Q. John's invited 20 people to the party. How many are going?
    A. Hardly any of them.

    Q. (Same)
    A. Almost none of them.

    Q. (Same)
    A. Just a few.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Almost none of them is /are

    How about this? A teacher, shaking her head and frowning, tells her student "You've given fifty answers on this exam paper. Almost none of them are right!"
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    Re: Almost none of them is /are

    I would use are, but some grammar traditionalists favour is, which sounds odd to me.

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