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.
None of them are better than me.
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|
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