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    One of complete disbelief

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    My initial reaction was one of complete disbelief.
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    Does it mean one instance of complete disbelief or a kind of it?
    Please explain the sentence, focusing on the expression 'one of'.


    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by Kazuo; 25-Apr-2010 at 09:09.

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    Re: One of complete disbelief

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuo View Post
    Hello!

    My initial reaction was one of complete disbelief.
    (from Longman Language Activator)

    Does it mean one instance of complete disbelief?
    Please explain the sentence, focusing on the expression 'one of'.


    Thanks in advance
    Here, "one" avoids using "reaction" again. What the sentence actually means is:

    My initial reaction was a reaction of complete disbelief.

    As I'm sure you'll agree, repeating the word "reaction" sounds very clumsy there, so it's replaced with "one of" instead.

    It's not entirely necessary to use either construction, as personally I see no problem with:

    My initial reaction was complete disbelief!

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    Re: One of complete disbelief

    Hello!

    Thank you very much for your reply.

    Can the sentence be expressed as follows? Is this expression also used instead of 'one of'?


    My initial reaction was that of complete disbelief.


    Thanks in advance

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    Re: One of complete disbelief

    I would use 'that' where there was only really one option or a predictable reaction:
    His reaction was that of a spoilt child. (A spoilt child may react in a few ways, but it's fairly predictable)

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