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no one or no-one?

What Is the Difference between "No One" and "No One"?

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the quick answer

The Quick Answer

Spell no one without a hyphen. i.e., not no-one.

No Hyphen

The formal spelling of no one is without a hyphen.

Example:

Correct spelling of no one
(Sign in US laundry room)

Hyphen Becoming Acceptable

In recent years, the no-one version has become more popular. Some grammarians condone the hyphenated version, claiming it eliminates ambiguity with no one as in "No one person can overcome her power."  However, the times when there would be true ambiguity are very seldom. Here is one example:
  • No one can will work.
  • (Is the subject "No one can" or "No one"?)
hot grammar tip

Hot Tip

NO ONE IS ALWAYS RIGHT

There is notable leniency on how to write no one; i.e., using a hyphen does not constitute a grammatical howler. However, let's be clear on this, the correct spelling is no one.
beware

Beware!

NOONE IS NEVER RIGHT

Nobody and nowhere have become single words. However, no one has not. Noone is wrong.


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