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    (the) only one of

    1. She is only one of the girl students who speak French well.

    2. She is the only one of the girl students who speaks French well.


    Please proof read the 2 sentences above.

    Thanks

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    Re: (the) only one of

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    1. She is only one of the girl students who speak French well.

    2. She is the only one of the girl students who speaks French well.


    Please proof read the 2 sentences above.

    Thanks

    1. She is only one of the girl students who speak French well. This means that she is one of a number of the girls who speak French well.

    2. She is the only one of the girl students who speaks French well. This means that she is the only girl who speaks French well.

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    Re: (the) only one of

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    1. She is only one of the girl students who speak French well.

    2. She is the only one of the girl students who speak French well.


    Please proofread the 2 sentences above.
    Thank you for the meaningful title.


    Also, it is not proofreading that you want but a useful opinion about the sentences.

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    Re: (the) only one of

    Hi, RB or bhaisahab.

    proofread - to read through something that is written or printed in order to correct any mistakes in it (Longman)

    re 2
    You wrote:
    2. She is the only one of the girl students who speak French well.

    You changed 'speaks' to 'speak'. I wonder why it's not proofreading? I also wonder my original sentence is grammatical correct.

    Original sentence:
    2. She is the only one of the girl students who speaks French well.

    'Who speaks French well' is a relative clause which modifies the pronoun 'one' and makes 'speaks' appear in singular. (i.e. 'who speaks French well', its antecedent is 'one' rather than 'students')

    Do you think the explanations above justify the use of 'speaks' instead of 'speak'? It's one of the test questions and it looks a little bit of odd. What do you think?

    Thanks for the replies.

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    Re: (the) only one of

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi, RB or bhaisahab.

    proofread - to read through something that is written or printed in order to correct any mistakes in it (Longman)

    re 2
    You wrote:
    2. She is the only one of the girl students who speak French well.

    You changed 'speaks' to 'speak'. I wonder why it's not proofreading? I also wonder my original sentence is grammatical correct.

    Original sentence:
    2. She is the only one of the girl students who speaks French well.

    'Who speaks French well' is a relative clause which modifies the pronoun 'one' and makes 'speaks' appear in singular. (i.e. 'who speaks French well', its antecedent is 'one' rather than 'students')

    Do you think the explanations above justify the use of 'speaks' instead of 'speak'? It's one of the test questions and it looks a little bit odd. What do you think?

    Thanks for the replies.
    There were two sentences. The first one:
    She is only one of the girl students who speak French well.
    The relevant (noun) phrase:
    one of the girl students who speak French well
    Grammatically, it should be students who speak (as in that sentence).

    Proofreading is different from teaching. It (proofreading) is easier. (Anglika could answer that question better than I could.)

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