"Personne d'entre nous n'est parfait."
Translation:None of us is perfect.
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d'entre as far as I can tell means of but literally is of among or of between. So the sentiment is clear: it means "of those among/between us".
Personne ne - Firstly no one is the subject of the phrase so Personne goes before ne. Secondly, Personne... ne is an invariable negative pronoun and does not change gender. It is a faux amis. So is it necessary to change parfait?
For non-English speakers on this board:
None = not one
None = not any
When none is used as not one, it is followed by a singular verb: None of the lakes is suitable.
When none is used as not any, it is followed by a plural verb: None of the lakes are suitable.
Often there is no difference as is shown above. Where there is difference intended, use a singular or plural verb depending on the meaning of your sentence as none attracts both forms.
Since many English speakers see one contained in none, they think it means not one. People who hold this view, and they are many, think none + plural verb = bad. Use a plural verb with the understanding that many people (without good foundation) see it as bad grammar. This may affect how they see what you write and maybe even how they perceive you. In some circumstances such as applying for a job it is small comfort to know you are right and they are wrong.
People are still saying that none is singular because it means only not one, since that is how they use it.
Definition from Dictionary.com
none 1 [nuhn] Show IPA pronoun
1. no one; not one: None of the members is going.
2. not any, as of something indicated: None of the pie is left. That is none of your business.
3. no part; nothing: I'll have none of your backtalk!
4. ( used with a plural verb ) no or not any persons or things: I left three pies on the table and now there are none. None were left when I came.
As you can see from line 4, none attracts both singular and plural in English. It is not bad English to use plural verbs with none.
My concern is that there are non English speakers are on this board. While native English speakers can choose to believe whatever they want about what is and what is not good English, I don't want people less sure to be led astray.
Since I posted my original comment another person made the comment (without any support offered) that using the plural form with none is incorrect.
Technically none is nothing... Which is definitely not singular. But anyway, see here: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/none