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    it or one

    If you are interested in any one of the books on the shelf ,Iíll buy and send _________ to you as a gift.
    A. one B. it

    I think both are acceptable in some way.

    What do you think of it?

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    Re: it or one

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    If you are interested in any one of the books on the shelf ,I’ll buy and send _________ to you as a gift.
    A. one B. it

    I think both are acceptable in some way.

    What do you think of it?

    Thanks!

    Jason
    I agree.

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    Re: it or one

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    If you are interested in any one of the books on the shelf, I’ll buy (is 'it' missing here?) and send _________ to you as a gift.
    A. one B. it
    If the missing word is "it", the answer is "it". If the missing word is "one", the answer is "it".
    If all the books are different, the answer is "it". If there are multiple copies of some books, the answer is, "I'll buy a copy and send "it" to you. I don't think I could use "one" in that sentence, but then, it's not complete. "I'll buy and send one to you" doesn't sound natural to me.

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    Re: it or one

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If the missing word is "it", the answer is "it". If the missing word is "one", the answer is "it".
    If all the books are different, the answer is "it". If there are multiple copies of some books, the answer is, "I'll buy a copy and send "it" to you. I don't think I could use "one" in that sentence, but then, it's not complete. "I'll buy and send one to you" doesn't sound natural to me.
    For me, that is an overanalysis of the sentence.

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    Re: it or one

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    For me, that is an overanalysis of the sentence.
    Maybe, but that's what we do here.
    In any case, I had an immediate aversion to 'one' as soon as I read it. My 'overanalysis' was not necessary in coming to the conclusion, (which was immediately intuitive). It's simply an explanation of my reasons.
    OK, I'll just say, "I'd choose 'it'." But I'd still be interesting in knowing whether the sentence was complete.

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    Re: it or one

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Maybe, but that's what we do here.
    In any case, I had an immediate aversion to 'one' as soon as I read it. My 'overanalysis' was not necessary in coming to the conclusion, (which was immediately intuitive). It's simply an explanation of my reasons.
    OK, I'll just say, "I'd choose 'it'." But I'd still be interesting in knowing whether the sentence was complete.
    Fair enough.

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    Re: it or one

    I am not a teacher

    Can I assume that:

    when "one" is used, the speaker will just send any one book to the receiver.

    When "it" is used, the speaker will only send the book which the book receiver is interested in.

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    Re: it or one

    Quote Originally Posted by bigC View Post
    I am not a teacher

    Can I assume that:

    when "one" is used, the speaker will just send any one book to the receiver. No

    When "it" is used, the speaker will only send the book which the book receiver is interested in. One would hope so.
    That depends on a more extensive analysis of the sentence. We don't know if it's correct yet, until jason confirms whether there is a pronoun after "buy" - since this could make a difference.
    But the concept that "If you like any one of books, I'll send you one" only makes sense if there are multiple copies of the one book. If the person likes one book, he'll be sent a copy of that one book, not a random book. On the other hand, if they are all different, and the person likes one of them, then he will expect "it" to be sent.

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    Re: it or one

    Thank you, Raymott!

    There is no "it" after "buy" in the original question sentence. Could we assume that both verbs-"buy" and "send" are followed by the same object?

    Could we say "I will protect and love you"? Or should I say" I will protect you and love you" instead ?

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    Re: it or one

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    There is no "it" after "buy" in the original question sentence. Could we assume that both verbs-"buy" and "send" are followed by the same object?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Could we say "I will protect and love you"? Or should I say" I will protect you and love you" instead ?
    Both are fine.

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