Rule: With words that indicate portions—some, all, none, percent, fraction, part, majority, remainder, & so forth —look at the noun in your of phrase (object of the preposition) lớn determine whether khổng lồ use a singular or plural verb. If the object of the preposition is singular, use a singular verb. If the object of the preposition is plural, use a plural verb.

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Examples:None of the pie was eaten. None of the children were hungry. BUT None (as in, “not a single one”) of the children was hungry is not incorrect.

In a sentence like “None were missing,” there is an implicit noun that answers the question, “None of what?” If that noun is singular, none takes a singular verb. If that noun is plural, it is up khổng lồ the writer và the sense of the sentence to lớn determine whether none takes a singular or a plural verb.

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Examples:None was missing. (None of the pie was missing.)None were missing. (None of the cookies were missing. But there may be times when a writer prefers was, as in Not a single one of the cookies was missing.)

Note: Apparently, the SAT testing service considers none as a singular word only. However, according to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage, “Clearly none has been both singular and plural since Old English and still is. The notion that it is singular only is a myth of unknown origin that appears lớn have arisen in the 19th century. If in context it seems lượt thích a singular lớn you, use a singular verb; if it seems like a plural, use a plural verb. Both are acceptable beyond serious criticism” (p. 664)

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None of the garbage was/were picked up.None of the chairs was/were comfortable.She inspected all of the plates and none was/were chipped.

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None of the garbage was picked up.None of the chairs were or was comfortable.She inspected all of the plates and none were or was chipped.

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