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confused - if you answer this, you rock!!! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2003, 08:56
So the answer to a sentence correction prob in my GMAT 800 book is:

"none of my friends has"

it states that none is singular so it needs a singular verb (has).

but ...

in my Gmat for Dummies book it reads that the words "some, any, most, all, none" can be singular or plural and will take the number of the object in the prepositional phrase ...

thus it states that the answer should be

"none of my friends have" (since friends is plural)

SO WHICH IS RIGHT????
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Re: confused - if you answer this, you rock!!! [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2003, 03:24
Newyork1 wrote:
So the answer to a sentence correction prob in my GMAT 800 book is:

"none of my friends has"

it states that none is singular so it needs a singular verb (has).

but ...

in my Gmat for Dummies book it reads that the words "some, any, most, all, none" can be singular or plural and will take the number of the object in the prepositional phrase ...

thus it states that the answer should be

"none of my friends have" (since friends is plural)

SO WHICH IS RIGHT????


This is a long argued rule. I don't think ETS tests controversial choices like this. In any case, FWIW, my rule of thumb is to use none as both singular and plural. If I can think: "none of them" I use plural, and if I can think "none of it" I use singular.

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Re: confused - if you answer this, you rock!!!   [#permalink] 14 Sep 2003, 03:24
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