I was wondering if you could clarify why the former only identifies “is” as the main verb, when in the second and third examples “is” AND “missing” or “was picked” and highlighted twice “picked”? Compare it with this example where the use of the plural verb would be a mistake: it is interesting that your boss accepted that you were right, but that you still exercised the “rule of the ego”. The AP Stylebook does not require that “none” be singular, but allows both singular and plural uses. Some undefined pronouns like everyone else, some are singular or plural depending on what they relate to. (Is the thing referred to referred to or not referred to?) Be careful when selecting a verb to accompany these pronouns. Some indeterminate pronouns are particularly annoying Everyone and everyone (listed above, too) certainly feel like more than one person and therefore students are sometimes tempted to use a plural verb with them. But they`re still unique. Everyone often follows a prepositionphrase that ends with a majority word (each of the cars), which confuses the verb code. Similarly, everyone is always singular and requires a singular verb. I was inclined to the page to regard none as a singular and saw “none was” as a simple matter of subject-verb arrangement. I do not think of any singular and I say that the preposition that comes after no one should have no more influence on the conjugation of the verb than a preposition that follows “one” or “neither”. We can agree that “neither” takes a singular in all cases, right? Basic principle: singular subjects need singular verbs; Plural subjects need plural verbs.
My brother`s a nutritionist. My sisters are mathematicians. Yes, time, distance and money are sometimes considered a unit and take on a singular verb. According to AP Stylebook, “some words that are plural in form become collective subtantes and adopt individual verbs if the group or quantity is considered a unit.” Right: A thousand bushels are a good yield. A unit. Right: There were a thousand bushels. (individual elements) 17. When the stewards are used as the object of a sentence, they adopt the singular form of the verb. However, if they are bound by “and,” they adopt the plural form. You are right that “none” means “none” or “not everyone.” If the meaning is not “anything,” use a plural verb. For example, none of us go to dance.
They say, “None of us go to dance.” Thanks for writing.