English Grammar


neither, none, no one?

In an online English test I got the correction:


"neither of them speaks Eglish" instead of "no one of them speaks English", what I supposed to be correct. What do you think about?

2 comments

  • Gwendo is used to raising puzzling issues and therefore her questions are always worth mulling over. Here is the opinion of a learner.


    In the sentence brought up "neither" is a pronoun.


    Either (pronoun) = the one or the other (in an alternative)
    Neither (pronoun) = not the one or the other of two or more.


    An alternative implies more often two points in a choice but also possibly more than two.
    Saying "Neither of them speaks English", I take into account EACH of them to affirm that neither speaks E.


    None (for no one) = nobody.
    If I say "None of them speaks English.", I rather mean that you could never find one who speaks E. among them. Nobody speaks E.


    In my opinion, assuming that the context involves two persons, neither is more appropriate than none because it is an alternative.
    In fact it's a shade of meaning.
    What do you think?
  • Thanks Gee for your perfect solution!

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