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    Must "first" be followed by "one" in a list?

    Dear teachers,

    there are three types of XY and I'd like to present them one after the other to an audience. Do I have to say:

    Mr P. distinguishes three types of XY.

    a) The first one is the hysterical.....

    Or can I omit the "one" and say:

    b) The first is the hysterical....

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Must "first" be followed by "one" in a list?

    Yes, you can.

    I'd use "identifies" rather than "distinguishes". You can say that he distinguishes between the three types by ...
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