[Vocabulary] Must "first" be followed by "one" in a list?

Buddy42

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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
 

emsr2d2

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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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