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    #1

    ones

    Can one say:
    1-Rich ones aren't always happy.
    instead of:
    2-Rich people aren't always happy.

    I know that if we have used a countable noun, we can later replace it with 'one' or 'ones' (eg. I like these houses. The small ones are really cute./ In this line of work, we often hammers. Big ones come in handy in situations like this.). But could one use 'ones' instead of 'people' if the context didn't determine what 'ones' was refering back to?

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    #2

    Wink Re: ones

    Am neither a native speaker nor a teacher.
    But you can say "The rich" (= the rich people)

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    #3

    Re: ones

    I think you can use "ones" for people as it is an irregular form of plural. You can also say Those who are rich.... or Those rich.... but it can change the stress and consequently, the meaning of your sencetence if used in a text.

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    #4

    Re: ones

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    But could one use 'ones' instead of 'people' if the context didn't determine what 'ones' was refering back to?
    No, it leaves the reader wondering "the rich ones of WHAT?" The rich people who live in Canada? The rich people who are recent imigrants? Which rich people?

    You need to have introduced the bigger class first before you narrow it down to the rich sub-set of them.

    Or, as was suggested above, simply say "The rich" which covers the entire class of rich people everywhere.

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