What Is Wrong With This Sentence?


This is cool. I just learned I can attach my sentence in question to this. Anyway, what is wrong with this sentence? I'm being told "None" doesn't agree with the verb. I don't understand, because I always thought "none" was a plural amount that could also be used as a noun.

See example:

None of them are better than me.
asked Jul 19 '13 at 14:08 Julie Anne New member

Thanks for the prompt replies. I'll have to ponder this a bit longer. What I'm really trying to say is not a single one of them is better than me--which when I put it that way helps me understand more why it should be "is" and not are. I don't know why it sounds funny to me to say "none of them is better to me," but it just sounds weird. However, when I re-word it like here in my comment, it sounds better with "is."

As far as me and I...

Me, myself, and I are all not sure about when to use either. LOL

Julie AnneJul 19 '13 at 15:04

None of them is better to me.and None of them is better than I.mean two different things. In the first, you are comparing 'them' against each other with no one coming out ahead. In the second, you are comparing 'them' to you.

Lewis NeidhardtJul 19 '13 at 18:43

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The fun (or not) thing about grammar is that even experts disagree on some of the rules. The software will go with whatever rule it was given.  I have to go with the Grammar Girl on this one:  http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/none-or-none-are?page=all

link comment answered Jul 19 '13 at 14:19 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

None is considered by some to be a contraction of "not one" and so functions as though it is singular - EG "None of them is better than me." "Not one of them is better than me." Other people see none as meaning zero which is scientifically an even number and no even number can be singular and therefore "none" must be plural.

link comment answered Jul 19 '13 at 14:22 Simon Jones Contributor

There is disagreement on whether 'none' is singular or plural, but will be singular most of the time. I would opt for the singular in this sentence. 'Me' should be 'I'.


None of them is better than I [am].

link comment answered Jul 19 '13 at 14:27 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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