No and none

Posted by Manjusha Filed in Practical English Usage

We use no immediately before a singular or plural noun.

Before a determiner (e.g. the, this, my) or a personal pronoun, we use none of.

When we use none of with a plural noun or pronoun, the verb can be singular or plural.

None can be used alone, without a noun, if the meaning is clear.

Note that we use neither of, not none of, to talk about two people or things.

No/none and not a/any

No can be used instead of not a or not any when we want to emphasise a negative idea.

None of can be used instead of not any of.

After no, countable nouns are usually plural.

But note that we use a singular noun when the sense makes it necessary.

See also

Nearest and next
Negative forms
Neither, nor and not either
No, none and not a/any
No matter
North, northern, south, southern
not only ... but also...
Using not only...but also

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