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  1. Banned
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    #1

    Which one of these is/are .....

    Hello dear all,

    Once I asked this question of a native English speaker:

    Are these both correct?

    Which one of these is correct?
    Which one of these are correct?

    ********************************

    In answer she told me: The first one (is) is correct but you should reverse the sentence and say:

    "Of these which one is correct?"

    Is she right? Is it needed to reverse it? If I don't reverse it, can it be true as well or not?


    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Which one of these is/are .....

    Which one of these is correct?
    Which one of these are correct?


    "Of these which one is correct?" This is correct, but less natural than the first.

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    #3

    Re: Which one of these is/are .....

    *IF* I were to write in such a pedantic, unnatural manner as your source suggested, I would use a comma after "these."

    But I would not. There is NO need to invert the sentence as you were told and the result is a sentence very few native speakers would ever spontaneously create.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: Which one of these is/are .....

    If I say "which ones of these are correct?", is it okay?

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    #5

    Re: Which one of these is/are .....

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    If I say "which ones of these are correct?", is it okay?
    Not if you are asking about one correct thing.

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    #6

    Re: Which one of these is/are .....

    Which ones are...
    Which one is ...
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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