one quick sat2 writing question

<p>None of the hysterical bystanders was blahblah...........</p>

<p>Is it correct sentence? Barrons says none should be plural b/c of the bystanders and kaplan says none is always singular??</p>

<p>Plz help me~!</p>

<p>none is singular. if you notice, "none" is spelt with a "one".</p>

<p>i think the "n" stands for "no"</p>

<p>i've always learned that none can go either way depending on the object of the preposition that follows it...i would have put were</p>

<p>None = "not one" and is singular!</p>

<p>here's the answer:</p>

<p>if you have a "none" or a word that can be either singular or plural, the number depends on the uhhh....what do you call it... crap... well it depends on the "of the bystanders." If the antecedent is plural, then none is plural and vice versa. Hope i helped. good luck</p>

<p>Any english teachers?</p>