I am from India preparing for the ERM exam. Your contribution has been very helpful to me. Questions related to the use of “none” with “is/are” are considered quite difficult to answer. They`ve solved all my requests. If no one refers to a single name or not such as work, cake or money, one needs a singular verb: I wondered if one could clarify in the first why the first identified only “is” as the main verb, while in the second and third example “is” and “missing” or “was picked” twice highlighted? Expressions of rupture like half, part of, a percentage of, the majority of are sometimes singular and sometimes plural, depending on the meaning. (The same is true, of course, when all, all, more, most and some act as subjects.) The totals and products of mathematical processes are expressed in singular and require singular verbs. The phrase “more than one” (weirdly) takes on a singular verb: “More than one student has tried to do so.” I`ve used “none” as singular for too long and it`s complicated. But as long as the AP Style Guide and other guides want to stick to it, it`s hard to fight. Some television journalists use it religiously as a singular, and no one blinks. So what do we do? I agree that no one can be singular or plural depending on the context. Yes, time, distance and money are sometimes considered a unit and take on a singular verb. According to AP Stylebook, “some words that are plural in form become collective subtantes and adopt individual verbs if the group or quantity is considered a unit.” Right: A thousand bushels are a good yield. A unit.
Right: There were a thousand bushels. (individual elements) The names of sports teams that do not end in “s” take a plural verb: the Miami Heat have searched, the Connecticut Sun hopes that new talent . You`ll find help solving this problem in the plural section. It is interesting to note that your boss accepted that you were right, but that you were still exercising the ego rule. The AP Stylebook does not require that “none” be singular, but allows both singular and plural uses. Basic principle: singular subjects need singular verbs; Plural subjects need plural verbs. My brother`s a nutritionist. My sisters are mathematicians.
I think one of the reasons some people insist that “none” is always unique is the idea that it involves the idea of “not one”. If none means “not one” and is a singularian, then logic dictates that none is not singular. Zero person “are” A person “is” We treat zero as plural in all English, no native speaker would choose to say “zero person” yes, you can use the current form “none” and “none are”. Examples: none left. None of the cakes left. No one is home. (None of the children are at home.) No one is the pronoun of no. None of them mean “not one” or “not.” We use it as pronouns to replace names that are counted and innumerable. We use it as a subject or object: we are not sure what the authority calls the “accepted definition,” but in 2013, the Merriam-Websters dictionary still recognizes several definitions for none, including “not one” and “not one: person.” As mentioned on our site in the note of Rule 6 of the subject verb agreement, “If in context it seems like a singular to you, use a singular verb when it appears to be a plural, use a plural verb.” Rule: the word “none” is versatile.