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    a + adj + one OR just adj + one?

    I want you to rewrite this conversation skeleton into a more formal one with complete sentences.

    Q) I don't understand why 'a' comes with 'one.'
    What I know about the usage of one is: I like blue shirt and red one. (not a red one)

    This is my first post here in UE.
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    Re: a + adj + one OR just adj + one?

    Welcome to the board, Moon.

    The correct usage is 'I like a blue shirt and a red one.' One is used to avoid repeating shirt.

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    Re: a + adj + one OR just adj + one?

    Quote Originally Posted by moon7296 View Post
    I want you to rewrite this conversation skeleton into a more formal one with complete sentences.

    Q) I don't understand why 'a' comes with 'one.'
    Welcome, moon.

    In answer to your question, the noun 'one' in that context refers to 1 of 2 types of conversation skeletons:


    • a more formal skeleton/one, not a less formal skeleton/one


    The adjective 'more formal' changes the meaning of 'one' from quantity (1 conversational skeleton) to type (more formal; less formal).


    Here's another example:

    [1] I want a pen. quantity: 1
    [2] I want one. quantity: 1
    [3] I want a blue pen. type: blue
    [4] I want a blue one. type: blue
    [5] I want a one. type: needs an adjective to specify the type.

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