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    Talking Usage of "ONE"

    I was looking up some words in a dictionary and I found lots of "one"s in the definitions. I always thought it was "the one", as in "he was the one who said it, not me!"

    These are two definitions in which I found 'one'.

    1. Correspondent: a newspaper or television reporter, especially ONE who specializes in a particular type of news.

    2. Congenital: a congenital disease or medical condition is ONE that a person has had from birth.

    So when do I use "one" and "the one"? Is it a matter of specificity? Thanks for reading!

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    Re: Usage of "ONE"

    Quote Originally Posted by sorkroto View Post
    So when do I use "one" and "the one"? Is it a matter of specificity?
    Yes. We use "the", when we're talking about a specific "one".

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    Re: Usage of "ONE"

    Quote Originally Posted by sorkroto View Post

    "He was the one who said it, not me!"

    1. Correspondent: a newspaper or television reporter, especially ONE who specializes in a particular type of news.

    2. Congenital: a congenital disease or medical condition is ONE that a person has had from birth.
    In the first sentence you can substitute "the one" with "the person".

    In the 2nd and 3rd sentences you can substitute "one" with "a person" and "a desease" respectively. Obviously you can not say "the person" and "the desease" in those definitions.

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