English Lesson: One of & None of

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We can use one of when we talk about a particular or specific person or thing. One of is followed by a plural noun:

  • I saw one of my friends in the mall today. Not, One of my friend ~
  • Which one of these keys will open the door?
  • I heard one of the key players on the Yankees was injured.

When we use one of + noun as a subject, we use a singular verb.

  • One of the tires on your car is low. Not, One of the tires are low.
  • One of Joe’s sisters is coming to visit this weekend.

For a negative meaning, we can use none of when we talk about a particular or specific person or thing. None of is followed by a plural noun, and we usually use a plural verb in everyday English. In more formal English, you can use a singular verb:

  • None of Joe’s sisters are coming to visit this weekend. Casual English.
  • None of Joe’s sisters is coming to visit this weekend. Formal English
  • None of my friends are interested in art
  • None of my friends is interested in art

Are any of your friends interested in art?



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