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    #1

    Question it or one?

    What is the different between it or one?
    Take this as example.
    A:I left my cellphone at home. Could I borrow yours?
    B:I don't have _one___. Maybe you can use the public phone over there.
    Can I relpace "it" with "one" in that slot?
    If we can't do this, what's the reason?
    Thanks a lot.

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    #2

    Re: it or one?

    Quote Originally Posted by ayumicat View Post
    What is the different between it or one?
    Take this as example.
    A:I left my cellphone at home. Could I borrow yours?
    B:I don't have _one___. Maybe you can use the public phone over there.
    Can I relpace "it" with "one" in that slot?
    If we can't do this, what's the reason?
    Thanks a lot.
    I don't have one = I do not own a cell phone so I can't lend you one.
    I don't have it [with me] = I own a cell phone but I am not carrying it at the moment so I can't lend it to you.

    "One" refers to a cell phone of any kind.
    "It" refers specifically to my cell phone.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: it or one?

    Thank you so much. :)
    But someone (I am not sure if he or she is a native speaker) said the sentence I don't have it without "with me" is wrong. Is it true?
    My friend, a native speaker, said both the sentences I don't have it and I don't have one are correct, but they have different meanings. His explanation is like yours.

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    #4

    Re: it or one?

    Hello.

    I don't think that emsr2d2 could give you a wrong sentence.
    As you can see from the post #2 they have different meanings and "I don't have it with me" is possible.

    Boris.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: it or one?

    I think emsr2d2 and my native-speaking friend are right. I want to know if the person who said "I don't have it" is incorrect without with me is wrong. Since the person may be a non-native speaker, I doubt his or her answer. Is it a MUST to put with me after have it? Thanks. :)

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    #6

    Re: it or one?

    not a teacher

    When you say "I don't have it", you do not have to say "…with me" as well.

    a) Can I borrow your cell phone?
    b) I don't have it. I left it in the car.

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    #7

    Re: it or one?

    Q: Can I borrow your cell phone?
    A: Sorry, I haven't got it. I left it at home.
    or
    A: Sorry, I haven't got it with me. I left it in the car.

    Q: Can I borrow a cell phone?
    A: Sorry, I haven't got mine. I left it at home.
    or
    A: Sorry, I haven't got mine with me. I left it at the pub.

    Q: Can I borrow a cell phone?
    A: Sorry, I don't have one. I think they're a waste of money.

    It is not necessary to say "with me", but it does add the information that the speaker owns a cell phone but it is not in their possession at the time of speaking. That makes no difference, of course, to the outcome of that particular conversation - they still can't lend the phone to anyone.

    Note that in BrE, we say "I haven't got" as well as "I don't have".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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