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no one and no-one - the difference

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.


Correct spelling of no one
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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"?)
Top 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.

Noone is Never Right

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