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    Emphasis on meaning?

    Greetings. I have a small question to ask.
    In the sentence "He lives in one small town." are there any grammatical errors? Is "one" used to put an emphasis on "small", as in the town in question is extremely small? And if so, what is this usage called so I can look further into it? Thank you very much.

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    Re: Emphasis on meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by YukarinYakumo View Post
    Greetings. I have a small question to ask.
    In the sentence "He lives in one small town." are there any grammatical errors? Is "one" used to put an emphasis on "small", as in the town in question is extremely small? And if so, what is this usage called so I can look further into it? Thank you very much.
    To me, that's not natural English. Most people only live in one town (at a time). He lives in a small town. He lives in a very small town.

    It might be used for emphasis in a conversation:

    - There are some small towns in this part of the country.
    - Yes, Middleton is one of them.
    - It's not that small.
    - Well, OK, how about Testwich.
    - Ohhhh, OK, now that is one small town!

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    Re: Emphasis on meaning?

    Welcome to the forum, YukarinYakumo.

    Note that as your question is about He lives in one small town, that would have been a better thread title.

    Rover

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