Everyday English – How to use No & None (+Video!)

How to use No & None

Do you know how to use no and none correctly in English conversation? Read this post, watch the video at the end, and use these words like a native speaker!


One of the ways we use the word “NO” is as a determiner that means ~ not one; not any; not a – We use “NO” with a noun 

Please read the following examples: 
“In Canada, there are no stores open on Christmas day.” = there aren’t any stores open.

I had toothpaste but no toothbrush!

“After I got to the hotel I looked in my suitcase. I had toothpaste but no toothbrush!” = I didn’t have a toothbrush 

“It was 1:00 am when I left the party so there was no bus service. I had to take a taxi home.” = there wasn’t a bus. 

The sign said no dogs allowed. = There can't be any dogs here.

The sign said no dogs allowed. = There can’t be any dogs here. 


“NONE” is a pronoun that means ~ not one of a group of people or things; not any 
We use ‘none’ without a noun.
Please read the following examples: 
“The donuts were gone when I got to work this morning! There were none left.”= there weren’t any donuts 

An English expression with NONE

Jack of All Trades – Master of None

Jack of All Trades - Master of None

This English expression is used to describe a person who has dabbled in many skills, rather than gaining expertise by focusing on one.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_of_all_trades,_master_of_none

Do you know what the verb dabble means?

dabble – verb – to take part in a sport, an activity, etc. but not very seriously

dabble – verb – to take part in a sport, an activity, etc. but not very seriously

She is a talented musician but happy to just dabble.

None is a pronoun so it can be used by itself as an answer to a question.

A: “How much money do you have?”
B: “None. I spent everything I had at the coffee shop.”

Remember! We use no with a noun and none without a noun.

There are no donuts!
There are none left!

How to use No & None

How was this post? Do you understand how to use No & None now? I hope this post was helpful for you!

Watch the video version of this post below!

Check out part 2 and 3 of this grammar series:
Everyday English No and None Pt.2
Everyday English Nobody/Nothing/Nowhere P.3

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