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    Math, not English, teacher

    Which of these is correct:
    During the accident, none of the students was injured.
    During the accident, none of the students were injured.

    I encountered this in a letter I received, and it included the former, but I feel the latter sounds more correct.

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    Re: Math, not English, teacher

    The second one is correct

    Best wishes,
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    Re: Math, not English, teacher

    I thought it was a concern of AmE/BrE?


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    Re: Math, not English, teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Which of these is correct:
    During the accident, none of the students was injured.
    During the accident, none of the students were injured.
    I encountered this in a letter I received, and it included the former, but I feel the latter sounds more correct.
    Usage Note: It is widely asserted that none is equivalent to no one, and hence requires a singular verb and singular pronoun: None of the prisoners was given his soup. It is true that none is etymologically derived from the Old English word ān, "one," but the word has been used as both a singular and a plural noun from Old English onward. The plural usage appears in the King James Bible as well as the works of John Dryden and Edmund Burke and is widespread in the works of respectable writers today. Of course, the singular usage is perfectly acceptable. The choice between a singular or plural verb depends on the desired effect. Both options are acceptable in this sentence: None of the conspirators has (or have) been brought to trial. When none is modified by almost, however, it is difficult to avoid treating the word as a plural: Almost none of the officials were (not was) interviewed by the committee. None can only be plural in its use in sentences such as None but his most loyal supporters believe (not believes) his story

    none - Definitions from Dictionary.com


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    Re: Math, not English, teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Which of these is correct:
    During the accident, none of the students was injured.
    During the accident, none of the students were injured.
    I encountered this in a letter I received, and it included the former, but I feel the latter sounds more correct.

    As I learned this on Canadian English grammar rules, a general rule in a simple sentence as such this. When determining a verb of a noun, eg.none isolate the prepositional phrase, as above (of the students). Your example above:

    [COLOR="Blue"]During the accident, none /of the students/ were injured

    1. Noun- none

    2. Prepositional Phrase - of the students

    3. Verb - was, describing the noun (none) not the students since it is inside the prepositonal phrase.

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    Re: Math, not English, teacher

    none + of the + non-count noun + singular verb
    none + of the + plural count noun + plural verb

    so the second is correct.

  4. #7

    Re: Math, not English, teacher

    Oh when you use "no-one, nobody, everybody" to talk about humandkind, then the following verbs must be plural
    But if you use "nothing, everything..." to talk about thins, then the following verbs must be singular

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