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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?

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Hello, I got confused with this sentence.

Those four volcanoes are one of the most active.

Hello Melvin1234,

I'm not surprised you got confused. The sentence is not grammatical.

You could say this:

Those four volcanoes are some of the most active (in the region/in the world etc)

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, Is it possible to use one or ones after a numeral?, for instance
London has 3 advantages, Berlin 2 ones and Paris 4 ones

Hi Illia Zhurakivsky,

 

One is a pronoun and we don't use pronouns after numbers. So, just as we don't say 'three theys' or 'four yous', so we don't use 'one' after numbers.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi guys ,

Question...

Is it grammatically correct to say for example?

There is no certainty, only adventure. Hope good one's ahead.

I'm not sure is it possible to short IS to 's in this case and if possible explain me could we always short IS to 's like HE IS five , He's five

Hi 19Dd21,

There's no problem with the contraction of is, but the sentence is not grammatical for other reasons. You could say something like this:

I hope a good one's ahead.

I hope there's a good one ahead.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir,sorry,how to use could and would,thank you

Sometimes there can be ambiguity in determining whether the subject is singular or plural. For example, which of the two following sentences is the correct one?
1. One of the items that helps us is the inward attention.
2. One of the items that help us is the inward attention.

In other words, does the 'that' applies to the 'One' or 'the items'?

Thank you.

Hello TCGopal,

Both forms are possible here.

 

One of the items that helps us is the inward attention.

There are many items; one of them helps us and this distinguishes it from the others.

A similar construction would be this:

One of the children that has red hair...

Only one child has red hair.

 

One of the items that help us is the inward attention.

There are many items which help us and the speaker is talking about one of them.

A similar construction would be this

One of the children that have red hair...

A number of children have red hair.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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