Writing for Business

Dec 10 2008   6:08PM GMT

Writing for business – indefinite pronouns

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

None of you _________ responsibility for this spagetti code fiasco?
a. accept
b. accepts

Answer: b

Explanation: None is an indefinite pronoun that can be either singular or plural, depending on sentence context. When none is used to mean “not a single one of you,” it is singular and requires a singular verb.

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