The head in a Noun Phrase!!!!!

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Veron1

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What is the head in the noun phrase between parentheses?

(One of the three nominees) receives the Noble Price.

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we were divided into three groups today during my grammar class. The 1st group says "one" is the head but the problem that " one" is by definition can only be a premodifier. the 2nd group says that " nominees" is the head but the problem is the tense "s" of the singular. The third group is me and my teacher we said that both propositions are wrong and we don't know where is the head:-(

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What is the head in the noun phrase between parentheses?

(One of the three nominees) receives the Nobel Prize.

PS:
we were divided into three groups today during my grammar class. The 1st group says "one" is the head but the problem that " one" is by definition can only be a premodifier. the 2nd group says that " nominees" is the head but the problem is the tense "s" of the singular. The third group is me and my teacher we said that both propositions are wrong and we don't know where is the head:-(

I.A;-)

Who receives the Nobel Prize?

One [of the the nominees] receives the Nobel Prize.

I vote for "one of the nominees".
 

Veron1

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Who receives the Nobel Prize?

One [of the the nominees] receives the Nobel Prize.

I vote for "one of the nominees".
Hi Anglika:-D

I know that only one of the nominees receives the Nobel Prize
However your answer or suggestion is not logical as I have studies that the head can only be 1- one word (e.g: He) or 2- multiple head (e.g:the new chair and table)
In addition to that ,by definition "one" can only be a premodifer and never part of the head
You see
It is tricky, right!!!
What do you think?

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1. One of the nominees...

I wonder whether we can take "one" as a substitute pronoun here (with the sense "a nominee"), and "of the nominees" (i.e. "among the nominees") as a post-modifier.

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Veron1

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1. One of the nominees...

I wonder whether we can take "one" as a substitute pronoun here (with the sense "a nominee"), and "of the nominees" (i.e. "among the nominees") as a post-modifier.

MrP
Hi MeP!!
Thanks for interacting
I think it is the only solution for this problem

Thank you for your help:up:

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