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You don't pluralize "one" and you don't pluralize "two" or "three". These over here or those over there, but not "these ones" or "those ones". Or these three or those four. Please respond if you understand...or not.
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2009 on These ones? Those ones? at Ask the English Teacher
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We love 'em for being so lovin ("like these ... ones") grrrrrrrrr excuse me, I cringe at "ones" A colloquialism is an expression not used in formal speech, writing or paralinguism. Colloquialisms can include words (such as "y'all", "gonna", "deadly" or "grouty"), phrases (such as "ain't nothin'" and "dead as a doornail"), or sometimes even an entire aphorism ("There's more than one way to skin a cat"). Dictionaries often display colloquial words and phrases with the abbreviation colloq. I don't see "ones" as a colloquialism. Ones is not in the dictionary. I see "ones" as 'murdering the English language'. HERE'S where we're going with that one........ "Words that have a formal meaning may also have a colloquial meaning that, while technically incorrect, is recognizable due to common usage." People just don't see the beauty of the English language...when used properly. eg. "My Fair Lady"
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2009 on These ones? Those ones? at Ask the English Teacher
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Like these is sufficient with a point to the subject matter. Or, as stated above, "Like these four or five" "Like these ones" is definitely wrong.
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2009 on These ones? Those ones? at Ask the English Teacher
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