Sometimes names take strange forms and can fool us to think that they are plural if they are truly singular and vice versa. You`ll find more help in the section on plural forms of nouns and in the section on collective nouns. Words such as glasses, pants, pliers and scissors are considered plural (and require plural verbs), unless they are followed by the pair of sentences (in this case, the pair of words becomes subject). The purpose of the fine is a dollar amount («Fifty thousand four hundred dollars»). The Chicago Manual recommends the use of a single verb for dollar amounts. 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. If the noun is plural (minutes), it is up to the scribe and the meaning of the sentence to determine whether none accepts a singular or plural. Do you intend to convey the meaning «none of the protocols have been wasted» or «none of the protocols have been wasted»? EITHER SINGULAR OR PLURIEL: some, none, all, most yes, time, distance and money are sometimes considered a unit and take 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) We assume that you are writing a story in which the narrator of the afterlife comments. We recommend that the sentence be rewritten as follows: Neither John, Mary, nor Joseph were alive at the time of my death. (And, yes, you can`t apply with more than two subjects.) This week we are dealing with a common grammatical error for writers: verb-verbal with pronouns all or not. Note that these pronouns can be singular or plural. The general rule to follow is that if the name that follows everything or not is singular, you should use a singular verb; If the noun is plural, you should use a plural verb (for more information on collective sub-tants, see the additional documents in the publication manual). Examples of the two terms that are used correctly are listed below: I think one of the reasons some people insist that «none» is always unique is the idea that it implies the idea of «not one». In the second sentence, «none» is the theme, and «children» is now an adjective, with «children» as the object of that sentence and thus the precursor of «none.» To determine whether a singular or plural verb is necessary, it is enough to answer the question of whether there is no singular or plural.
Since the meaning of the sentence does not seem to correspond to «neither of the councillors» — «neither of the two advisers» seems to correspond, the plural verb should agree. See also our rule of origin, which advises: «… Look at the name in your expression (preposition object) to determine whether a singular or plural verb should be used.