This rule can cause shocks on the road. For example, if I am one of the two subjects (or more), it could lead to this strange phrase: in a sentence like “There was no shortage,” there is an implicit bite that answers the question “nothing of what?”. If this name is singular, none accepts a singular verb. If this noun is plural, it is up to the scribe and the meaning of the sentence to determine whether none takes a singular or plural. The change from “group” to “group” is exaggerated. “A fraction of the costs have been recovered” is already correct. See Rule 9. I say a rule to address “a number” versus “number.” That`s what he`s going to say: the number vs. A number The expression of the number is followed by a singular verb, while the expression is followed by a number of a plural.
Examples: the number of people we need to hire is thirteen. A number of people have spoken on this issue. 7. The verb is singular when the two subjects separated by “and” refer to the same person or the same thing as a whole. In researching this subject, I found your explanation that seems reasonable if you do not know the origin of the word “none.” I have always believed (and it has been confirmed in at least one online source) that “none” is a contraction of “not one”. So if you replace “not one” with “none,” the correct use of the following verb “is” is singular. I know I`m a minority, but when I read “There`s none,” I have grids on my ears. 14.
Unspecified pronouns usually take individual verbs (with a few exceptions). We do not use any if there is already a negative word (not, don`t) in the clause: As we mention in the note of Rule 6 of the subject verb agreement, none can be singular or plural depending on the context. If you think that none clearly means “not one,” a singular verb should follow it. If the noun is plural (minutes), it is up to the scribe and the meaning of the sentence to determine whether none accepts a singular or plural. Do you intend to convey the meaning “none of the protocols have been wasted” or “none of the protocols have been wasted”? 8. If one of the words “everyone,” “each” or “no” comes before the subject, the verb is singular. We assume that you are writing a story in which the narrator of the afterlife comments. We recommend that the sentence be rewritten as follows: Neither John, Mary, nor Joseph were alive at the time of my death. (And, yes, you can`t apply with more than two subjects.) In formal English, it should be “what,” the theme of your phrase “one of the children” is unique. You will often hear that people use “were” because for their ears the plural noun next to the singular verb sounds wrong.
If no one refers to a single name or not such as work, cake or money, it takes a singular verb: as a phrase like “Neither my brothers nor my father will sell the house” seems strange, it is probably a good idea to bring the plural subject closer to the verb whenever possible. But even if none refers to a plural noun, the author may prefer to use a singular verb not to emphasize the meaning of one: rule 7. Use a singular verb with distances, periods, sums of money, etc. if they are considered a unit. Article 5 bis.