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Firefighters pinpoint cause of Saturday afternoon fire

Jcjayhawk1: According to the AP Stylebook, none usually is considered singular -- short for not one. That's why we used the singular verb "was." Hope this explains our use!

Here's what the Stylebook says: "none: It usually means no single one. When used in this sense, it always takes singular verbs and pronouns: None of the seats was in its right place.
Use a plural verb only if the sense is no two or no amount: None of the consultants agree on the same approach. None of the taxes have been paid."

— Caroline Trowbridge, assignment director

August 16, 2010 at 9:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )