None is used in the singular or plural as the sense may require.
- a) Each boy was accompanied by an adult but there were none, with the orphan (Incorrect)
- b) Each boy was accompanied by an adult but there was none with the orphan. (Correct)
- c) I am used to many guests everyday but there was none today. (Incorrect)
- d) I am used to many guests everyday but there were none today. (Correct)
When ‘one’ is used as pronoun, its possessive form ‘one’s’ should follow instead of his, her etc.
For example : One must put one’s best efforts if one wishes to succeed.
With let objective case of the pronoun is used.
For example: let you and me do it.
If a pronoun has two antecedents, it should agree with the nearer one.
- a) I hold in high esteem everything and everybody who reminds me of my failures.
- b) I hold in high esteem everybody and everything, which reminds me of my failures.
In referring to anybody, everybody, anyone, each etc., the pronoun of the masculine or the feminine gender is used according to the context.
- a) I shall be glad to help everyone of my boys in his studies.
- b) I shall be glad to help everyone of my girls in her studies.
- c) I shall be glad to help everyone of my students in his studies.
But when gender is not determined, the pronoun of the masculine gender is used as in sentence c.
The pronoun one should be used throughout, if used at all.
- a) One must use one’s best efforts if one wishes to succeed.
- b) One should be careful about what one says.
Plural is commonly used with none.
- a) None of his poems are well known.
- b) None of these words are now current.
Anyone should be used when more than two persons or things are spoken of.
For example: She was taller than anyone of her five sisters.
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