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    This meal is _______ better one than the last I had here.
    Which one is right? The or a?

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    Default Re: the x a

    "A".

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    Default Re: the x a

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    This meal is _______ better one than the last I had here.
    Which one is right? The or a?
    This meal is better than the one I had the last time I ate hear.
    This meal is better than the last one I had here.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    This is an exercise from a book. The right answer in the book is A, but I'm trying to find an explanation for this, as I've googled the phrase "the better one than" and I got many hits.

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    Default Re: the x a

    Well, to be honest, it's the second half of the sentence that sounds awkward to me.

    Compare these similar sentence:

    My daughter's current school is a better school than her last one.
    My daughter's school is a better one than the last one she attended.
    This school is a better one then the last she attended.

    This meal is _______ better one than the last I had here.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    This is an exercise from a book. The right answer in the book is A, but I'm trying to find an explanation for this, as I've googled the phrase "the better one than" and I got many hits.
    Google is not a good place to check on language usage. many of the hits will be things writen by non-native and/or uneducated people. Answer A is not correct in standard English.

    pssst Barbara. I can spot your sneaky attempts to snatch my 'typo-champion' title (the last word of the first sentence in your first pos)t. you cant baet me mo mater hwo hard yuou try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Google is not a good place to check on language usage. many of the hits will be things writen by non-native and/or uneducated people. Answer A is not correct in standard English.
    Why is "a" incorrect? I think "the" would be completely out of place in this sentence... I agree it's not correct even with the "a" --- I didn't notice that there was no "one" after "last". Isn't the sentence OK with "a" if we add "one" though?

    This meal is a better one than the last one I had here.

    If it's not grammatical, then something is seriously wrong with my judgement.

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    I will leave my hear/here typo to remind learners that even natives make mistakes. Sigh.


    I think the sentence is awkward, but grammatical.
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