none [ nʌn ] function word, quantifier ***
None can be used in the following ways:
as a pronoun:
I asked for some more cake, but there was none left. (followed by of ):
None of my friends will help me.
as an adverb:
She pushed him none too gently back against the wall.
When none is the subject of a sentence and refers to members of a group of people or things, it can be used with a singular or plural verb. Some people think it is more correct to use a singular verb in these cases:
None of his friends lives nearby.
None of the plates were broken.
1. ) not one of a group of people or things or no amount of something:
I thought there was some coffee in the cabinet, but there's none there.
Few residents were willing to be named, and none would be photographed.
none of: The driver was killed, but none of the passengers was hurt.
None of the money actually went to the people who needed it.
none at all: Some people with the disease might display only mild symptoms or none at all.
have none of something INFORMAL
to not allow someone to do something or behave in a particular way:
He wanted to teach her how to manage her money, but she was having none of it.
none the better/worse etc.
no better/worse etc. than before:
We woke up next morning none the worse for our terrible experience.
none the wiser (=not knowing any more than you knew before): He tried to explain the rules to me, but after an hour I was none the wiser.
none but LITERARY
She required the constant care that none but her sister could give.
none the less BRITISH see NONETHELESS
none other (than)
used for expressing surprise that a particular person, often someone famous, has done something or is connected with something:
The songwriters are none other than Tim Rice and Elton John.
none too
not at all:
Hugo was none too happy when I told him I was leaving.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • None — None …   Wikipedia Español

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  • none — which is not a shortening of no one but a descendant of an Old English pronoun, may be followed by a singular or a plural verb, depending on the sense. When individuality is being emphasized, or when none refers to something that cannot be plural …   Modern English usage

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