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    None of us - agreement with the predicate.

    How many of you have read that book? None of us ha.......

    And could you suggest where can I read about that?

    Michael


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    Re: None of us - agreement with the predicate.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grablevskij View Post
    How many of you have read that book? None of us ha.......

    And could you suggest where can I read about that?

    Michael
    You can start here, Michael. There are also some other links at the bottom of that section.




    “… and then there were none.” The closing words of this well-known nursery rhyme should dispel the notion that none can only take a singular verb. People opposing the plural use base their argument on the fact that none comes from the Old English word an, meaning “one.” But the citational evidence against restricting none is overwhelming. None has been used as both a singular and plural pronoun since the ninth century.

    § 39. none. 1. Grammar. The American Heritage Book of English Usage. 1996


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    Re: None of us - agreement with the predicate.

    Also, if you have access to a good library, then you should check out,


    The Grammar Book: An ESL/EFL Teacher's Course, Second Edition by Marianne Celce-Murcia and Diane Larsen-Freeman

    They discuss this issue at length in an easy to understand format.You can take a peek at it here;

    Amazon.com: The Grammar Book Larsen: Books

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    Re: None of us - agreement with the predicate.

    Thank you, you helped me a lot. I have opened your link, and I will look for the book.

    Michael

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