no one and no-one - the difference
The Quick AnswerSpell "no one" without a hyphen. i.e., not "no-one."
No HyphenThe formal spelling of "no one" is without a hyphen. For example:
Correct spelling of no one
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Hyphen Becoming AcceptableOver the last half a century, 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"?)
"No One" is Always RightThere 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.
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