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    #1

    Which is correct?

    An only exceptinal person.
    Only an exceptional person.

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    #2

    Re: Which is correct?

    Second one

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    #3

    Re: Which is correct?

    However, neither makes the grade as a complete sentence.

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    #4

    Re: Which is correct?

    "Who qualifies to command a Mars mission"?

    "Only an exceptional person". Meaningful; a complete thought.

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    #5

    Re: Which is correct?

    Only an exceptional will receive the best services. Is it ok?

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    #6

    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sujing View Post
    Only an exceptional person will receive the best services.
    Put "person" back in there, and yes, it works. It's a little odd of course. The logic makes me scratch my head, but the grammar is fine.

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    #7

    Re: Which is correct?

    It might become necessary for those who use the logically absurd, "one of the only".

    A: "We can't fire Tim. He's one of the only exceptional people we have." (Regrettably becoming common)
    B: "How about Jack? Is he an only exceptional person?"

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    #8

    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sujing View Post
    An only exceptional
    Typo

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