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    Prop-word "one"

    Hello.
    I have a question about the word "one".
    In the example: You take the long route, and I'll take the short. I have to use "one" after short or it is possible to leave it out. If it is, which version is more common?

    Hope you will help me.
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    Re: Prop-word "one"

    It is not necessary to use 'one'.
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    Re: Prop-word "one"

    But in this example, I suppose, it is impossible to omit "one".
    This glass is dirty. Can I have a clean, please?

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    Re: Prop-word "one"

    Quote Originally Posted by Little man View Post
    But in this example, I suppose, it is impossible to omit "one".
    This glass is dirty. Can I have a clean, please?
    No, it is not possible.

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    Re: Prop-word "one"

    Quote Originally Posted by Little man View Post
    I have a question about the word "one".
    In the example: You take the long route, and I'll take the short. I have to use "one" after short or it is possible to leave it out. If it is, which version is more common?
    I find it much more natural with "one".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Prop-word "one"

    A (relatively well-known) lyric from the Scottish traditional song The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond is "You take the high road and I'll take the low road". It uses what I consider to be the most natural construction - the repetition of the word "road". However, omitting the second "road" still results in a grammatically correct sentence. The same goes for your original.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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