Definition of none pronoun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//nʌn//
; NAmE NAmE//nʌn//
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  •  none (of somebody/something) not one of a group of people or things; not any None of these pens works/work. We have three sons but none of them lives/live nearby. We saw several houses but none we really liked. Tickets for Friday? Sorry we've got none left. He told me all the news but none of it was very exciting. ‘Is there any more milk?’ ‘No, none at all.’ (formal) Everybody liked him but none (= nobody) more than I. Grammar Pointnone of When you use none of with an uncountable noun, the verb is in the singular:None of the work was done. When you use none of with a plural noun or pronoun, or a singular noun referring to a group of people or things, you can use either a singular or a plural verb. The singular form is used in a formal style in British English:None of the trains is/​are going to London. None of her family has/​have been to college.
  • Word OriginOld English nān, from ne ‘not’ + ān ‘one’, of Germanic origin; compare with German nein ‘no!’.Idioms
    have/want none of something
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    to refuse to accept something I offered to pay but he was having none of it.
    (literary) only None but he knew the truth. = nonetheless used to emphasize who or what somebody/something is, when this is surprising Her first customer was none other than Mrs Obama.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: none