Which one of the following sentences is correct?

  • No errors or exceptions is found in the logs.
  • No errors or exceptions are found in the logs.
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    If you ignore the no, and just look at errorS or exceptionS, would you expect a singular or a plural? I think you might enjoy a look at English Language Learners.
    – oerkelens
    Sep 23, 2014 at 7:54
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    Yes, but with the 'No' included, why should we describe it as a plural. No means nothing. How can nothing be plural ?
    – Ajay
    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:19
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    How can nothing be singular? Nothing is neither singular nor plural, semantically. But grammatically, it's plural. If you have no problem using errors in the plural, why is a plural verb a problem? If you would have proposed no error or exception is found, I would have understood your question better. As it is, you use plural nouns, and I don't understand why you would have a problem using a plural verb with a plural noun.
    – oerkelens
    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:29
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    @oerkelens "But grammatically, it's plural" is what the Q is all about. There could be a previous post on this. Else English Language Learners can help.
    – Kris
    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:42
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    See the answers and comments on the linked question. Specifically, "Plural doesn't mean 'more than one'. It means 'any number other than one'. 1.0001 is plural. 0.99999 is plural. 0 is plural. -1 is plural. Only 1 is singular. The nature of singularity is being single, isn't it? Everything else is plural."
    – RegDwigнt
    Sep 23, 2014 at 13:05

2 Answers 2


You can use either singular or plural, but you must be consistent. If the nouns are plural, the verb must be plural as well.

No error or exception is found in the logs.
No errors or exceptions is found in the logs.
No errors or exceptions are found in the logs.

Since it is possible to have multiple errors or exceptions, the plural form is the standard one — see There are no comments / There is no comment. However, given that the emphasis is on the absence of bad things, rather than on a count, using the singular is also possible.


"no" does not mean nothing. You can use "no" as an adjective before a noun in singular or plural: no man, no woman, no thing - no children, no things. And the question whether a noun is regarded as singular or plural depends on the noun and not on "no".

  • Right. Please try to substantiate by citing from reliable sources. You seem to have not noticed the noun's number in the example sentences.
    – Kris
    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:56

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