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

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

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As of this morning, none of my friends have been able to solve the puzzle contained in last week's newspaper.

A.

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

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26 Jun 2006, 10:15
Whether none is plural or singular is a very disputable topic even among the grammar gurus, so GMAT will never test you on this.

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26 Jun 2006, 12:49
I am leaning towards C.

Looks like so far we have A, C and D

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26 Jun 2006, 13:05
It is definitely between A and D, and I'm pretty sure that the OA will be A.
However I believe that both A and D are perfectly acceptable.

http://www.bartleby.com/64/C001/039.html

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26 Jun 2006, 17:24
A looks good. According to the Manhattan SC correction guide, None could be singular or plural. The key here is to look at the object of the "of" construction to determine the number of the subject. In this case, friends is plural so have goes with the friends

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26 Jun 2006, 19:49
Between A and D, inclining towards D.

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27 Jun 2006, 00:06
Really a controversial one........ I hope deowl is right in stating that GMAT won't test this.

Leaning towards D.

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27 Jun 2006, 02:55
I remember posting this question myself.

Here's the link to the explaination by Paul :
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... 942#192942

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27 Jun 2006, 02:55
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