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    #1

    one after the other

    Imagine a medieval castle run by the Benedictines, with cellarists, herbalists, gareners, young novices. One after the other half a dozen monks are found murdered in the most bizarre ways.
    Shouldn't it be 'one after another'?

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    #2

    Re: one after the other

    Logically, yes! But the expression "one after the other" is one of those fixed expressions that we use as-is. It simply means "in succession."

    One after the other, the little ducks followed the mama duck.
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    #3

    Re: one after the other

    Thank you. The only doubt that remains: I think I heard and saw 'one after another', and I don't remember 'one after the other'. How much used are the two comparatively?

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    #4

    Re: one after the other

    Hmm. I'd say both are used,and pretty much interchangeably.

    Let's see what Ms. Google says:

    One after another: 3.17 million
    One after the other: 44.8 million

    And from the Free Dictionary:
    one after the other also one after another
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    #5

    Re: one after the other

    Thank you!

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