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    #1

    one thing I dislike

    1 One thing I dislike about him is his loud laugh.
    2 One of the things I dislike about him is his loud laugh.

    Is there any difference between the meanings of these sentences?

    Is it possible that in '1' there is only one thing I dislike about him?
    I doubt that. I think in that case one would say:
    3 The one thing I dislike about him is his loud laugh.

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    #2

    Re: one thing I dislike

    You are right.
    Your signing off is unusual.

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    #3

    Re: one thing I dislike

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    In the first sentence, you are just expressing your dislike of "one thing" about him, althought it does not have to be the only thing or aspect you don't like about that person.

    In the second sentence, there are only two things you dislike about him, and his laud laugh is one of them.
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    #4

    Re: one thing I dislike

    Quote Originally Posted by José Manuel Rosón Bravo View Post
    [Not a teacher]

    In the first sentence, you are just expressing your dislike of "one thing" about him, although it does not have to be the only thing or aspect you don't like about that person.

    In the second sentence, there are only two things you dislike about him, and his loud laugh is one of them.
    I don't agree with your comment about the second sentence, Jose. There is nothing in the second sentence which specifies "only two things". There may be lots of things you dislike about him.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    #5

    Re: one thing I dislike

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    I don't agree with your comment about the second sentence, Jose. There is nothing in the second sentence which specifies "only two things". There may be lots of things you dislike about him.
    Yes, you are right. Sorry. I don't remember what I was thinking about when I wrote "two" things. Obviously "one of the things" expresses a diversity of them.
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    #6

    Re: one thing I dislike

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Is it possible that in '1' there is only one thing I dislike about him?
    It's possible if the fact that it is the only thing has not been established.

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    #7

    Re: one thing I dislike

    If there were only one thing, the speaker would likely have said "The thing I dislike...".

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    Re: one thing I dislike

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    If there were only one thing, the speaker would likely have said "The thing I dislike...".
    I think the same. "One thing I dislike" seems to refer to such a feeling in relation to a given part or aspect of his personality or behavior considered at that moment, but not the one that he/she specifically dislikes about him.
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    #9

    Re: one thing I dislike

    Another way of limiting it to one thing would be "The one thing I dislike...".

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    #10

    Re: one thing I dislike

    If the person does something that annoys you and you haven't really given much thought to how annoying they are, you could use the form and then, on reflection, add the article. It's the kind of possibility that Navi likes.

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