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What is the difference between 'non' and 'none'?

What is the difference between 'non' and 'none'?

The words non and none are often confused because they are easy to mistype. In this article, we explain the difference between them.

Non means not when used as a prefix.

None means zero, nothing when used as a noun.

A good way to remember the difference is Non is only one letter different from Not.

Out of the two words, 'non' is the most common. It appears about two times more frequently than 'none'.



Some words are easy to mistype because they are spelled similarly. None and non are examples of words that look very similar.

Non is a prefix that means "not." It is attached to other adjectives to negate them.

None is usually used as a pronoun. It means "nothing, not any, no, zero."

Which is right 'condition sine qua non' or 'condition sine qua none'?

The correct expression is 'condition sine qua non'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Should I use 'sine qua non of' or 'sine qua none of'?

The correct expression is 'sine qua non of'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Which is right 'the sine qua non' or 'the sine qua none'?

The right phrase is 'the sine qua non'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Is the correct phrase 'sine qua non condition' or 'sine qua none condition'?

The right phrase is 'sine qua non condition'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Is the correct phrase 'a sine qua non' or 'a sine qua none'?

The correct phrase is 'a sine qua non'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Is the correct expression 'none of your business' or 'non of your business'?

You should use 'none of your business'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Should I use 'none too pleased' or 'non too pleased'?

The correct phrase is 'none too pleased'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Should I use 'none the worse' or 'non the worse'?

You should use 'none the worse'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Some synonyms of none are: no one, zero, nothing, empty

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Dictionary Definition of nonDictionary Definition of none

Examples of non in a sentence

Any game-playing model, of course, may seem "non-educational";
- RX for Chaos by Anvil, Christopher/ Flint, Eric (EDT)
The reference to loudness probably doesn’t make much sense to non-Oculators.
- Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
Thus neatly including all non-Native Bush rats in her stand on rural subsistence, too.
- The Singing of the Dead by Dana Stabenow
It just doesn't make sense to me.”M grunted non-committally.
- Doctor No by Ian Fleming
So romantic, non?
- Evan and Elle by Rhys Bowen

Examples of none in a sentence

None too gently, he pulled the man's head back and ripped off the fake moustache.
- The heart of Devin MacKade by Nora Roberts
So of course none of this could be happening to her.
- Nothing gold can stay by Dana Stabenow
He and Dave handled the baggage—none of them had more than carry-ons—while Paul registered.
- The wandering fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
None of those players was happy about it.
- The Haunted Air by F. Paul Wilson
The words kept blurring on the page, and none of the clues made sense;
- In the night room: a novel by Peter Straub
Test yourself

Choose the missing word in each question.

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