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    Red face "on one hand or on the one hand "

    Dear teachers ,
    When I was writing an essay last Sunday ,I came across a problem . Ifound it difficult to choose between on one hand and on the one hand whenI was writing the second paragraph .Could you please help me ?
    As far as I am concerned , both of the two statements are reasonable .On the basis of my grammar , the article the can be omitted in thisexpression if we are willing to . So if we are in pursuit of convenience , wecan choose the former expression ; the latter one is definitely right for thepurpose of integration .
    Above is my personal opinion , would you please give me your insight ? Iwould appreciate it if you can give me a hand . Finally , let me restate myconfusion ,on one hand or on the one hand , which one is right in thecourse of our daily English learning ?
    Thanks very much .
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    Re: "on one hand or on the one hand "

    "On the one hand" is the expression. Then "on the other hand."

    You need to work on your punctuation and spacing. No space between the final word and the period or question mark that ends a sentence. Then one space. Then the next sentence. Just like I am doing.

    Same with commas. For example, I just put no space before that comma and used one space after it.

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    Re: "on one hand or on the one hand "

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Mona is not sure whether she should marry James. On the one hand, he is very nice. On the other hand, however, he is not too intelligent.

    Mona: How many real friends do you have?
    James: Not many.
    Mona: How many?
    James: I can count them on one hand.
    Mona: Oh, I see. You have one or two or three or four or maybe even five real friends.
    James: That's right!
    Mona: So what's the exact number?
    James: I'm not telling you.



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    Re: "on one hand or on the one hand "

    SoothingDave , thanks a million. For I am just a college student, please forgive me for my mistake when using this web. Nobody even told me how to use these punctuations correctly when writing in English. We chinese student pay little attention to it, Thanks for your kindness in correct my mistake.
    Additionally, do you mean "on one hand " is totally erroneous when used in the second paragraph of our essay to pose our illustrations? If so, thanks again for clarify my misunderstanding.
    Looking forward to your reply.
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    Re: "on one hand or on the one hand "

    TheParser, thanks for your reply, your illustration is both concise and convincing. As a studeht who is eager to know the absolutely right answer, could you please tell me if the article "the" is indispensible in the expression when used to pose our argumentations? I would appreciate it if you can give me a hand.
    Hope you a happy day.
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    Sophia

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    Re: "on one hand or on the one hand "

    Sophia, click here and you will see some evidence that 'on one hand' is not completely wrong.

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    Re: "on one hand or on the one hand "

    Rover_KE,Thanks for your kindness. I feel sorry to say that I can't open your web, and I don't know why. Maybe the problem lies in the erratic Internet of our school. I am now desperate to see what the page shows, what a pity I can't. In a word , thank you very much.

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    Re: "on one hand or on the one hand "

    Quote Originally Posted by sophia. View Post
    could you please tell me if the article "the" is indispensible in the expression when used to pose our argumentations?
    I don't think so. (BrE speaker)

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    Re: "on one hand or on the one hand "

    Tdol, Thanks a lot. If both of them are right, then which one do we use more often or which one is more formal?
    Looking forward to your reply.

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    Re: "on one hand or on the one hand "

    It sounds odd to me without the "the." We are contrasting "the one hand" with "the other hand." We would never say "on other hand."

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