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    Hello.

    You do not use one/ones for uncountable nouns?
    Some told me it IS USED for them.
    Is that true?

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    Re: One

    Quote Originally Posted by Jstudent View Post
    Hello.

    You do not use one/ones for uncountable nouns?
    Some told me it IS USED for them.
    Is that true?
    Please give us an example of how you (or the person who told you this) might use "one(s)" with an uncountable noun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please give us an example of how you (or the person who told you this) might use "one(s)" with an uncountable noun.
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    Which do you like better, French wine or Australian wine?
    - I prefer Australian one. ( Not Australian wine)
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    It should be Australian wine, not "one", but I'm not sure.

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    Re: One

    Quote Originally Posted by Jstudent View Post
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    Which do you like better, French wine or Australian wine?
    - I prefer Australian one. ( Not Australian wine)
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    It should be Australian wine, not "one", but I'm not sure.
    That doesn't work. If someone put two glasses of wine down in front of you and asked you to taste them, then to tell them which one you prefer, it would work.

    Which do you like better? The French [one] or the Australian [one]?
    I prefer the Australian one.

    However, in that conversation, the wine is not uncountable. There is a glass of French wine and a glass of Australian wine. The glasses containing wine are countable.

    If the person simply asked you, as a general rule, which wine you prefer:

    Do you prefer French wine or Australian wine?
    I prefer Australian wine.

    We would not use "one" instead of "wine". Also, note that we don't use the article in that example.

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    Re: One

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That doesn't work. If someone put two glasses of wine down in front of you and asked you to taste them, then to tell them which one you prefer, it would work.

    Which do you like better? The French [one] or the Australian [one]?
    I prefer the Australian one.

    However, in that conversation, the wine is not uncountable. There is a glass of French wine and a glass of Australian wine. The glasses containing wine are countable.

    If the person simply asked you, as a general rule, which wine you prefer:

    Do you prefer French wine or Australian wine?
    I prefer Australian wine.

    We would not use "one" instead of "wine". Also, note that we don't use the article in that example.

    Now I got it.
    Thank you very much!

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