Though many pages and books of grammar suggest using either singular or plural verb after ( none) yet many would use a plural verb only when the noun after ( of ) = plural

Blue Book grammar : If the object of the preposition is singular, use a singular verb. If the object of the preposition is plural, use a plural verb

Pop Quiz in the same page:

  • None of the chairs was/were comfortable.

Pop Quiz answer: None of the chairs were or was comfortable. But here : https://quizlet.com/438832873/chapter-6-flash-cards/

  • None of the passengers __are upset with the new regulation.

As you see the only choice they suggest = plural verb

I don't know with whom, I would go.

  • I surely know when there is a pronoun referent plural in the sentence the only choice is to use a plural verb Example : None of these swimmers wear (their) flippers in the pool. 2. when there is indefinite article is used the choice = singular verb Example : None of these actors is an Oscar winner. Aug 10, 2023 at 3:21

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None of the passengers are upset with the new regulation.

The quiz is wrong. "Is" would also be acceptable in that sentence. ("Are" does sound slightly better to me, but both versions are equally correct.)

  • I was taught that none is short for not one and therefore takes a singular verb. I've since learned that it is also acceptable to use the plural. Aug 10, 2023 at 7:20

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