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    #1

    singular or plural?

    hi,

    Which form is correct:

    1. none of them is tired
    2. none of them are tired

    m

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    #2

    Re: singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    hi,

    Which form is correct:

    1. none of them is tired
    2. none of them are tired

    m
    This is a chronic problem in English. Technically, "none" as a pronoun is singular, but when it is followed by a prepositional phrase with a plural object, a plural verb is commonly chosen. It is almost speaker's choice these days. I say "almost" because absolutely no one can object to a singular verb (except when "none" is modified by "almost") and some will object to a plural verb.

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