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# As of this morning, none of my friends have been able to

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02 Aug 2011, 12:33
My 2 cents - Which one of the below is correct ?

None of my friends have been able to solve the puzzle .
None of my friends has been able to solve the puzzle

GMAT does not care about advanced rules....It always looks for meaning, Logic and then basic grammar....Grammar is secondary if the rules are advanced....
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06 Aug 2011, 16:46
Can somebody pls come up with a correct answer for everybody's sake?.
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06 Aug 2011, 16:58
maheshsrini wrote:
Can somebody pls come up with a correct answer for everybody's sake?.

It should be D in this case....

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http://www.beatthegmat.com/none-of-my-f ... 64141.html
http://www.beatthegmat.com/none-of-my-f ... 62-15.html
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06 Aug 2011, 18:34
maheshsrini wrote:
Can somebody pls come up with a correct answer for everybody's sake?.

I wrote an email to our Technical Writer at work. She has a PhD in literature and working as a Technical Writer for past 5-6 years. See her response below.

My Question to her:
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Hey Meghan,

Sorry to bother you Meghan. I have had a question for you.

I am sure you have heard of SANAM pronouns - Some, Any, None, All, More/Most. When these pronouns act as the subject of a verb in a sentence, the verb agrees in number with the pronoun, the subject, based on the Of-prepositional phrase (with noun) that modifies the pronoun.

For instance,
All of my friends love sushi. (verb love here agrees in number with the abstract noun friends, which combined with the preposition of modifies the pronoun all)
All of the US army is alert. (verb is here agrees in number with the collective noun army, which is singular)

But with none there is HUGE controversy among the elite grammarians.

Orthodox grammarians say none is etymologically derived from the phrase "no one", hence it must be used as singular regardless of the Of-prepositional phrase that modifies it.
- None of my friends likes to eat sushi.
- None of the sugar is on the floor.
Some, not all, modern grammarian say, being a SANAM pronoun, it should have a cardinality that agrees in number with the noun in the Of-prepositional phrase that modifies it.
- None of my friends like to eat sushi.
- None of the sugar is on the floor.

I have never read a single article that has clearly stated which between the two is correct. I was hoping if you have any comment(s) or bias

Thanks.

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Her response:
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The discussion of "none" is a long one; however, the most well-written response I found so far comes from this guy: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-non2.htm

He states that "none" should follow the same rules as the rest of SANAM pronouns, since it can mean either "no one" (singlular) or "no persons" (plural). So you can treat it as either singular or plural based on the prepositional phrase. Based on his thorough research, I can't help but agree with him.

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Based on the above discussion, A should be the right answer. But GMAT seems to prefer D usage - see my explanation here none-singular-or-plural-117407.html#p954852

Nobody can tell for sure, I personally think there is too much debate w.r.t. none, for GMAT to test it.
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07 Aug 2011, 08:51
D. As per manhattan SC guide, when in doubt, think singular. So as per that logic, think "none" as singular and select the answer choice.
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08 Nov 2011, 08:19
I went with A, hopefully we dont see one of these in the real thing.
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08 Nov 2011, 08:43
Manhattan says that none + plural noun can take either singular or plural verb.
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04 Sep 2013, 15:09
Warlock007 wrote:
As of this morning, none of my friends have been able to solve the puzzle contained in last week's newspaper.
(A) none of my friends have been able to solve
(B) none of my friends was able to solve
(C) not one of my friends has yet been able to solve
(D) none of my friends has been able to solve
(E) nobody among my friends have solved

OA already given and i marked that only
but MGMAT says the answer is
[Reveal] Spoiler:
A

That i Cant understand confused now

As per Manhattan SC guide :"none" can be either singular or plural. Here "none of my friends" is plural. So Option A must be true.
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05 Oct 2013, 04:36
its clearly D, irrespective of what MGMAT says, the rules clearly state that none of plural always use a singular.
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08 Oct 2013, 23:40
Warlock007 wrote:
As of this morning, none of my friends have been able to solve the puzzle contained in last week's newspaper.
(A) none of my friends have been able to solve
(B) none of my friends was able to solve
(C) not one of my friends has yet been able to solve
(D) none of my friends has been able to solve
(E) nobody among my friends have solved

OA already given and i marked that only
but MGMAT says the answer is
[Reveal] Spoiler:
A

That i Cant understand confused now

I marked D and my reasoning below:
none is singular and has is the right tense in this situation.
C and D look ok. eliminate C because of presence of yet which is redundant and not one of my friends is nonsensical.
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17 Dec 2013, 10:28
mohnish104 wrote:
its clearly D, irrespective of what MGMAT says, the rules clearly state that none of plural always use a singular.

the most logic would be has but it is not stated that is MUST be has, have can also work... I think the question is wordy!
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30 Mar 2016, 22:22
Warlock007 wrote:
As of this morning, none of my friends have been able to solve the puzzle contained in last week's newspaper.

None of my friends means not even ONE of my friends. So looking at the answer choices only 'has' is required.

(A) none of my friends have been able to solve
NOT have BUT has would be correct

(B) none of my friends was able to solve
'As of this morning' clearly indicates that 'WAS' is wrong here.

(C) not one of my friends has yet been able to solve
yet and been both are redundant here.

(D) none of my friends has been able to solve
correct answer. Singular subject singular verb.

(E) nobody among my friends have solved
NOT have BUT has would be correct
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16 Sep 2016, 07:53
D is the correct answer because it is "none of" not just "none"
"none" uses plural form of verb
"none of" uses singular form of verb
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16 Sep 2016, 08:39
none is singular..But none+of+Noun takes plural verb

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