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    #1

    how to understand this correction?

    This is a sentence from a model response to a question on a school-leaving exam in English in Poland. It was submitted by the exam officials to show how the papers are graded. The students were supposed to write a letter to the editor regarding an article on performance enhancing drugs:

    One of such people is Lance Armstrong who used performance enhancing drugs for years.


    The underlined part is supposed to be either a grammar or lexical mistake.

    I do not really understand their reasoning. I see that the sentence does not work as a whole, but why is only this part underlined? I thought I have seen sentences starting in a similar way, when the author wanted to emphasize some aspect by means of inversion. Or is the whole phrase "on of such people" wrong?

    To me a bigger problem with this sentence is the lack of a comma before who, hence making it a defining sentence, which in this case does not make sense to me.

    For instance, could either of the following work?

    One of such people who used performance enhancing drugs for years is Lance Armstrong.

    Lance Armstrong is one of such people who used performance enhancing drugs for years.

    Or is there another way to correct this sentence?

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    #2

    Re: how to understand this correction?

    One such person

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    Re: how to understand this correction?

    Exactly. I'd either say "One such person is" or "One of those people is."

    "One of such people is" is a bad mix-up of the two.

    (Note that Dave and I both speak American English.)
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #4

    Re: how to understand this correction?

    The same goes for ​BE.

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    #5

    Re: how to understand this correction?

    So "one of such something/somebody" is wrong altogether? I had looked it up in google books and in English corpuses and there were such entries (over nine thousand for "one of such people"), so it did not really seem suspicious to me. Thank you for clarifying though.

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    Re: how to understand this correction?

    Quote Originally Posted by aggiesteph View Post
    So "one of such something/somebody" is wrong altogether? I had looked it up in google books and in English corpuses and there were such entries (over nine thousand for "one of such people"), so it did not really seem suspicious to me. Thank you for clarifying though.
    You're welcome. You've actually demonstrated our point. See where you said "there were such"? It's right. And it would have made no sense to say "there were of such."

    It's more proof that just because people use it doesn't mean it's correct.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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