[LMB] OT: Gender Applied to Inanimate Objects

Diana Hagan diana.hagan at gmail.com
Fri Sep 19 18:23:08 BST 2008

On Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 12:37 AM, Raye Johnsen <raye_j at yahoo.com> wrote:

> --- "James M. BRYANT G4CLF" <james at jbryant.eu> wrote:
> >
> > But she did harm a pedant's sensibilities. "None" is
> > singular so "None WAS harmed...."
> BZZT! 'None' is its own plural, like 'sheep' - we have
> one sheep and two sheep, not one sheep and two sheeps.
>  Both usages are correct.
> Raye, who, if James considers 'none' a rigid singular,
> would now like to know what he considers its plural.

To quote Fowler *A Dictionary of Modern Usage: *

"It is a mistake to suppose thatthe pronoun is singular only, and must at
all costs befollowed by singular verbs, etc.; the OED explicitly states that
plural construction is commoner."

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