[visionlist] [cvnet] [External] Re: Abbreviations
gislin at lions.med.jhu.edu
Fri Apr 29 13:40:06 -05 2022
IMHO, and admittedly as a non-native speaker, "none" is the linguistic
equivalent of an empty set, so one can assign either singular or plural to it.
Neither is wrong, but plural is definitely the common choice. Anyone with more
linguistic knowledge, please weigh in.
On 29 Apr 2022 at 17:56, Todd, James via cvnet <todd.44 at osu.edu> wrote:
I'm sure you are both correct in terms of formal grammar, but "none of them was
removed" sounds weird to my ear, because "was" immediately follows "them". I'd
be curious to know statistically what form of the verb the average speaker of
English would use in that context. The verb change associated with the
subjunctive is also grammatically correct, but most English speakers do not use
it, at least in the US.
From: Lewis, Terri <lewistl at mcmaster.ca>
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As much as I hate to point out your grammatical error, Todd, I shall. The
sentence toward the end stating " none of them were" should be " none of
them was" because the subject is singular. Sent from Terri´s iPhone
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