None Is vs. None Are

February 15th, 2024 in Grammar by April Michelle Davis 0

If you’ve ever been chided for saying “none are” instead of “none is,” there’s good news. While true that “none” can be singular if followed by a mass noun or if it is being used to mean “not one,” “none” can just as easily mean “not any” and take a plural verb.

Mass noun: None of the pie is left.

“Not one”: None of the books is interesting to me.

“Not any”: None of my friends are going.

So, the next time you use “none,” don’t be afraid to use the plural. It’s perfectly acceptable depending on the context of your sentence.