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none/nothing of what he said

Discussion in '英語勉強フォーラム - Learning English' started by hirashin, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. hirashin

    hirashin Sempai
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    Dear native English speakers,
    which one would be used?
    (a) Nothing of what he said was true.
    (b) Nothing of what he said were true.
    (c) None of what he said was true.
    (d) None of what he said were true.

    Thanks in advance.
    Hirashin
     
  2. JuliMaruchan

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    Just C. You never say "nothing of", and "none" is treated as singular.
     
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  3. johnnyG

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    (In this case, yes, but "nothing of" does occur in other contexts.)
     
  4. JuliMaruchan

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    Ah, I see what you mean.

    "Bob thinks nothing of Jane's accomplishments."

    etc. Of course, that's just the two words being next to each other incidentally.
     
  5. hirashin

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    How about "Nothing he said was true"?
     
  6. JuliMaruchan

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    Yep, that's good. Equivalent to:

    Nothing that he said was true.
     
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  7. johnnyG

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    There's also the phrase "... to say nothing of ..."

    And it makes me think of this, a rather famous line:

     

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