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A poll about newscasters' grammar:

This is morning I heard a newscaster deliver the line, "None of the injuries is life-threatening." I think it should have been, "None of the injuries are life-threatening." Of the two, which do you think is correct?

1. "None of the injuries is life-threatening."

2. "None of the injuries are life-threatening."

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  • Merlin likes this

  • Answerer Omega
    Answerer Omega
    I oncecreated a poll on another website.

    A) Great idea, put it in.
    B) Ok, needs adjustments
    C) Needs adjustments
    D) Don't put it in
    E) You are a terrible person, and I hate your guts.

    Unfortunatley, E was the majority vote.

    February 27, 2017

  • Just Asking
    Just Asking

    February 28, 2017 - 3 like this

  • Randy D
    Randy D Just Asking
    Nevan has already enlightened us. 


    February 28, 2017

  • Malizz
    It's an old trap for the grammar obsessives. They're both wrong; the injuries were life-threatening all along. 
    March 3, 2017 - 1 likes this

  • Randy D
    Randy D Malizz
    Were or was?


    March 3, 2017

  • Merlin
    Neither are correct.  It is past tense.  It should read, "None of the injuries were life-threatening."  I also learned something from you on the question.  life-threatening is hyphenated.  I'm not sure I would have written it out correctly had you not spelled it out for me.  Thank you Randy D. :) :) 
    March 9, 2017

  • Malizz
    Malizz Merlin
    I suggest you consult the hyphen police on this. Normally the hyphen is only required when the compound adjective is before the noun. The Economist has for a long time been condemned for overhyphenisation, but such is its influence that the practice may have since become mainstream.  
    March 9, 2017 - 1 likes this

  • Malizz
    Malizz Malizz
    Of course, if the newsreader is reading aloud, the matter is academic except to those with access to his script.  
    March 9, 2017 - 1 likes this

  • Merlin
    Merlin Malizz
    Hi Malizz~  I did wonder about that too.  As you pointed out, it was written as he/she understood the information to be explained.  Unlike many, I do like to be corrected when I am wrong. It is good you picked this up as well.  I need to work on my proofing skills.  Thanks again.
    Oh, and I've never given Randy D a gender.  I'm not sure who he/she is.  I'm just glad you are both around.

    March 9, 2017

  • Zack
    I'm write. You are wrong.
    March 9, 2017

  • Merlin
    Merlin Zack
    Hi Zack~ Please excuse the expression which has become so popular these days, but, "Isn't English a bitch?"  Their R so many right ways to write right and it's a bare. Big giggles back to you!
    I am going to miss the proper way of writing.  Unfortunately, I think it is fighting a loosing battle.  All languages are ever changing along with the definitions and spellings.  Humph.  This is why I have such respect for people older than me.  They have seen so many changes I haven't and have learned to accept and work with them.  I can be a fuss budget at times.  Some things just don't seem right.  Anyway, I like your comment.  :) :)

    March 9, 2017

  • Marguerite, the Beloved
    Marguerite, the Beloved
    None were. I read Randy's answer. 
    March 9, 2017