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    Hi, I am studying for my Police exam and have come across a few questions on a practise exam that I dont understand. here are a few sentences that I have to correct if there are any mistakes...

    First question

    None of the stores, several of which are miles away, are open tonight.

    I said there was nothing wrong with this sentence but got it wrong. In the answers, it says it should read : IS open tonight instead of ARE open tonight ?

    another one...

    None of the soldiers is expected to fire on civilians; it is contrary to rules of engagement.

    I said this was incorrect because it should be ARE expected to fire instead of IS expected to fire. I got this question wrong because the answers say that there is nothing wrong with this sentence ?


    Are these answers correct ? it doesnt sound right to me ?

    If anyone could help it would be much appreciated.

    thanks

    Wade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wade View Post
    Hi, I am studying for my Police exam and have come across a few questions on a practise exam that I dont understand. here are a few sentances that I have to correct if there are any mistakes...

    First question

    None of the stores, several of which are miles away, are open tonight.

    I said there was nothing wrong with this sentance but got it wrong. In the answers, it says it should read : IS open tonight instead of ARE open tonight ?

    another one...

    None of the soldiers is expected to fire on civilians; it is contrary to rules of engagement.

    I said this was incorrect because it should be ARE expected to fire instead of IS expected to fire. I got this question wrong because the answers say that there is nothing wrong with this sentance ?


    Are these answers correct ? it doesnt sound right to me ?

    If anyone could help it would be much appreciated.

    thanks

    Wade
    You see, it's all about how you look at the phrase none of.

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    Re: Police exam - grammar question PLZ HELP

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    You see, it's all about how you look at the phrase none of.
    In a Police exam, how can they have questions that could have multiple answers ?

    would I lose marks for those questions ?


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    Re: Police exam - grammar question PLZ HELP

    so both sentences should have IS ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wade View Post
    would I lose marks for those questions ?
    That is something only your examiners can tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wade View Post
    In a Police exam, how can they have questions that could have multiple answers ? That is a shame, really

    would I lose marks for those questions ? In your case - yes, you definitely will


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wade View Post
    so both sentences should have IS ?
    No, both sentences both singular and plural, depending on the effect you want to produce.

    EDIT: ACCORDING TO THE AUTHOR OF THE SITE, AND NOT YOUR EXAMINERS

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    No, both sentences both singular and plural, depending on the effect you want to produce.

    EDIT: ACCORDING TO THE AUTHOR OF THE SITE, AND NOT YOUR EXAMINERS
    Im sorry I dont understand. what other effect could you want to produce?


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    Re: Police exam - grammar question PLZ HELP

    Wade: it's quite simple. Determine from the sentence whether 'none' means 'not one' (and so a singular verb, as in 'not one among you is worthy of...'
    or
    'none' = 'not any' - plural verb.

    "None of the stores, several of which are miles away, is open tonight."
    All you need is for one store to be open to buy your milk or whatever- and 'not one' is!

    "None of the soldiers is expected to fire on civilians; it is contrary to rules of engagement."

    If it is contrary to rules of engagement, then not one soldier will fire: none - not one , hence, singular verb.

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