tdol said:I use both. ;-)
Casiopea said:tdol said:I use both. ;-)
I use both :wink:
None of the answers are correct. (none = not any)
The answers are incorrect.
The answer is incorrect.
None of the answer is correct.
The verb 'is' is fine. It's 'the answer' that's the problem.
"none" requires a plural object (i.e. 'answers'):
None of the answers ....
Note, however, none can also mean, "not one (item)", as in
None of the food is fresh. (not one (item))
Not one item of food is fresh.
When 'none of X' refers to 'not one (item)', the verb is singular.
None of the answers is correct.
Not one of the answers is correct.
None of the answers are correct.
Not any of the answers are correct.
Where I come from, none is not a contraction of not any. It's a contraction not one or no one and is singular.
But informally, are is often used instead, and it's hard to object very strenuously.
If the singular they was good enough for Shakespeare and Jane Austen, it's good enough for me.[I do have limits, though. They is not a substitute for he, she, or he or she!]
I don't agree. As many authorities have written, none can be singular or plural but plural is usually best. It's not a matter of formality but of appropriate usage. It follows the same pattern as zero, which is plural.