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Post by Peter Fraser on February 24, 2015

Question on the italicisation of publication titles: Should the titles of publications be italicised when referring to the website version of these magazines, newspapers, periodicals, etc?  So, would you italicise "Variety" when referring to the website version of this magazine, ditto Forbes, ditto Die Welt etc, etc?

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Post by Peter Fraser on February 24, 2015

None taking a plural form of to be is a sticking point for me because it’s a contraction of “not one” and as such cannot in any context refer to anything other than a single member of a group of things.  I believe that “none” should always take a singular form of the verb to be.  I know many authorities disagree, including the esteemed lexicographers of the Oxford English Dictionary (who justify “not one” in the form of “none” taking a plural primarily on the basis that the pronoun has been used in this way for about a thousand years, which as far as I’m concerned just means that people have been misusing the word for that exact same amount of time).  In my infinite wisdom, therefore, I choose to disagree with all said authorities of English grammar and will at all times keep this pronoun singular.

Subject-Verb Agreement

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:07
  • Basic Subject-Verb Agreement 0:51
    • Number & Person
    • Rule for Single Subject
    • Examples
    • Compound Subject Rule 1
    • Examples
    • Compound Subject Rule 2
    • Examples
  • Basic Subject-Verb Agreement Practice 3:42
  • Basic Subject-Verb Agreement Answers 4:00
  • Distractions 4:24
    • Interrupters
    • Examples
    • Inverted Sentences
    • Examples
  • Tricky Subjects 5:59
    • Collective Nouns
    • Examples
    • Exception: Collective Nouns as Plural Form
    • Examples
    • Singular
    • Single Entities
    • Examples
    • Verb is Plural
    • Examples
    • Indefinite Pronouns
    • List of Third-Person Singular Subjects
    • Examples
    • Both, Few, Many, and Several are Always Plural
    • All, My, None, and Some Can be Singular or Plural
    • Relative Pronouns
    • Examples
  • Subject-Verb Agreement Practice 13:31
  • Subject-Verb Agreement Answers 13:59
  • Subject-Verb Agreement Practice 2 14:57
  • Subject-Verb Agreement Answers 2 15:21
  • Subject-Verb Agreement Practice 3 16:24
  • Subject-Verb Agreement Answers 3 16:55