|Are both sentences possible?|
von Gene0000, 2016-11-18, 14:16 Spam? 188.96.131....
a: There are many different types of fern, none of which produce flowers.
b: There are many different types of fern, none of them are producing flowers.
|No, only a. is valid.||#858792|
Sentence a. is almost correct. "None" is singular.
There are many different types of fern, none of them produceS flowers.
|None is often considered plural.||#858799|
It is sometimes held that none can only take a singular verb, never a plural verb: none of them is coming tonight rather than none of them are coming tonight. There is little justification, historical or grammatical, for this view. None is descended from Old English nān meaning ‘not one’ and has been used for around a thousand years with both a singular and a plural verb, depending on the context and the emphasis needed.
|Sentence a. is 100% correct as originally written.||#858802|
"There are many different types of fern, none of them produceS flowers." is incorrect.
(b) is correct if you delete "are" before "producing".
|You could even say...||#858807|
There are many different types of fern, none of which are flower-producing.
The dash seems more common...
von Gene0000, 2016-11-18, 16:06 Spam? 188.96.131....
thanks a lot for your help!
You are right, I was wrong. Both options, singular and plural, exist. The sentence "none of them are coming tonight" sounds a bit strange to me, but you're right nonetheless.
Your assertion above is unfortunately incorrect. But I wouldn't worry too much about it.
The phrase "none are" is a linguistic abomination. (Would you say "one are"?) But what the heck. Linguistic standards have slipped as much as moral standards and the quality of products.
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