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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...
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 ?
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.
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...'
'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.