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

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one and ones 2

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Comments

Hello Peter,

Thank you for the clarification.

If possible can you envelop all the indefinite pronouns together to avoid future confusion?. Also, it will help to avoid pupil to refer different websites for one subject.

Hello Lijo John,

Thank you for the suggestion. We'll make a note of it for the next time we review the site organisation.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

In the following examples: (used in the rule of one / ones)
1- See those two girls? Helen is the tall one and Jane is the short one.
2- See those two girls. Helen is the one on the left.
My question is, why did you use a question mark after the first clause in the first example while you did not use it in the second?

Hello FirasAkkad,

That was a mistake! It should end in a question mark and I've now fixed it.

Thanks very much for taking the time to point this out to us.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

The exercises are very helpful.

Hi,
Sometimes I see sentences like: "One could do...", "One could see that the sky is blue". I would like to have some explanations about the use of "one" in this case.
Thanks in advance

Hello manpeace,

In these cases, 'one' is a gender-neural indefinite pronoun, a little bit like 'on' in French or 'man' in German. It's not so commonly used in informal speech, but obviously as you have seen, it it's still in use in some contexts.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team 

Thanks very much!

Hello,

I wrote your example again without one and ones. Is it wrong do that?

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See those two girls? Helen is the tall [] and Jane is the short [].

Which is your car, the red [] or the blue []?

My trousers are torn. I need some new [].

See those two girls. Helen is the one on the left. [In this case I think I can't remove that]

Let’s look at the photographs. The ones you took in Paris. [In this case I think I can't remove that]

Thank You

Franz Vegetarian

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