Meaning of NONE in English

I. none 1 S1 W2 /nʌn/ BrE AmE pronoun

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: nan , from ne- 'not' + an 'one' ]

1 . not any amount of something or not one of a group of people or things:

I wish I could offer you some cake but there’s none left.

Although these were good students, none had a score above 60.

She waited for a reply, but none came.

Even an old car is better than none.

none of

Despite her illness, she had lost none of her enthusiasm for life.

I know what people are saying – but none of it is true.

None of my friends phones me any more.

none at all/none whatsoever

‘Was there any mail?’ ‘No, none at all.’

2 . will/would have none of something ( also be having none of something ) used to say that someone refuses to allow someone to do something or to behave in a particular way:

We offered to pay our half of the cost but Charles would have none of it.

3 . none but somebody literary only a particular person or type of person:

a task that none but a man of genius could accomplish

4 . none other than somebody used to emphasize that the person involved in something is famous, impressive, or surprising:

The mystery guest turned out to be none other than Cher herself.

⇨ ↑ nonetheless , ⇨ second to none at ↑ second 1 (5), ⇨ bar none at ↑ bar 3 (2)

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When you are using none of before a plural noun or pronoun, you can use a plural or singular verb after it. You should use a singular verb in formal writing:

None of us care (OR cares) what happens to him.

None of us is able to escape the consequences of our actions.

► Do not use another negative word (eg 'not') with none :

We got 3 points and they got none (NOT they didn’t get none).

I didn’t want any of them (NOT I didn’t want none of them).

none, neither

Use none to talk about a group of three or more things or people:

None of my friends came.

To talk about two things or people, use neither :

Neither of my parents wanted me to marry him.

II. none 2 BrE AmE adverb

1 . none the worse/better etc (for something) not any worse, better etc than before:

She seems none the worse for her experience.

2 . none the wiser not having any more understanding or knowledge about something than you had before:

I was none the wiser after his explanation.

3 . none too not at all:

I was none too pleased to have to take the exam again.

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