Usage and Grammar

Q. Would it be “None of us gets to decide these things” or “None of us get to decide these things”? Thank you.

A. “None” can mean “not one” or “not any,” so both are correct. The first sense favors the singular: “Not one of us gets to decide” (“one” is singular). The second favors the plural: “Not any of us get to decide” (“any” is more often plural than singular). Because your example could go either way, consider the context. If the statement applies to people in general, plural “get” would make the most sense. But if it’s a response to one or more individuals, singular “gets” might become the better choice. For some additional considerations, see CMOS 5.250 (under “none”).