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'one' and 'ones'

Level: beginner

We use one (singular) and ones (plural):

See those two girls? Helen is the tall one and Jane is the short one.
Which is your car, the red one or the blue one?
My trousers are torn. I need some new ones.

See those two girls? Helen is the one on the left.
Let's look at the photographs – the ones you took in Paris.

after which in questions:

You can borrow a book. Which one do you want?
Which ones are yours?

one and ones 1


one and ones 2




Please help me with this question. I have 2 sentences:
1/ Who goes to school with you?
2/ Who go to school with you?
I was told that I must always use singular verb in "who" and "what" questions. Anyway, is the second sentence always incorrect?

Hello hungduc,

It is not incorrect to use a plural verb with 'who'. However, if we do not know that the answer is going to be plural then we generally use a singular verb. For example:

'Who goes to school with you?' - a general question

'Who go to school with you?' - a question I might ask when looking at a group of people and asking which of them go to school with you

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much, Peter. I really appreciate your help.

Actually reding comment of the lesson add more informaition to my knowledge .
Thanks all

Thanks a lot

thanks you!!! :D

pls help me with this sentence. He is one of the authors who is respected. (Should 'are' come in place of 'is') .What is the rule to deal with these type of sentences. Also what should come in - One of the authors who is respected is ABC. (is/are) ??
Pls guide me.

Hello deepti_bagga,

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, wanted to ask about third sentence. Why it is using "gets", as I understood the sentence time is present simple = -s ending only adds to he/she/it. Or it is some another rule for this expression?

And wonder about 6th sentence . Can I use instead of "this holiday" - these holidays. Or that would be incorrect?

Please explain this point: If we have 6 pens and I want to ask "which one of these pens are red? Should I use plural noun and verb like "these pens " and "are"?or use singular N and V and ask "which one of this pen is red?" and also if instead of pen we have pants which form of question should be used?
Best Wishes