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Writing Mistakes that Make You Look Dumb


None is.

It’s an easy trap in which to fall.

“While I am certain there were many applicants for this job, none of them are as experienced as me.” WRONG!

We hope you wouldn’t actually write a sentence like that even without the grammatical error, but making none plural makes it even worse. None is singular. None is always singular.

While the “them” toward the end may make you think, “A ha! Multiples!”, the subject is still none, which (did we mention?) is singular. “None of them is” may sound a little off to some, but it is correct English.