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

  • The determiner NO means ~ not one; not any; not a – NO is used with a noun
  • “There is NO orange juice left. I have to buy some.”
  • The pronoun NONE means ~ not one of a group of people or things; not any – NONE is used without a noun
  • “This party is boring. The music is terrible and NONE of my friends are here.”

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! Watching the video is the perfect chance for you to review this grammar and improve your English listening and practice your English pronunciation.

How to use “No”

One of the ways we use the word “NO” is as a determiner that means ~ not one; not any; not a 
https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/no_2
*A determiner is a word such as the, some, my, etc. that comes before a noun to show how the noun is being used

We use “NO” with a noun 

As you can see from the definition of a determiner that NO will be used with a noun.

Please read the following examples: 

“In Canada, there are no stores open on Christmas day.” = there aren’t any stores open. (Store is a noun)

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

I had toothpaste but no 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. (Bus service is a noun)

The sign said no dogs allowed. = There can’t be any dogs here. (Dog is a noun)

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

How to use “None”

“NONE” is a pronoun that means ~ not one of a group of people or things; not any 
https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/none_1?q=none

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 

“My school needs to buy some more supplies. There is a box of 15 whiteboard markers but none of them work.” = not one marker in the box of markers worked.

“Chris invited us to get a drink after work but everyone was too tired. None of us went.” = not one person in our group went with Chris to get a drink.

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.”

Nonetheless

The adverb nonetheless means ~ despite this fact. This meaning is similar to even though.
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“The global economy is not good right now. Nonetheless, some experts think now is the perfect time to invest.”

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.

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

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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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