edkeer at YAHOO.COM
Thu Dec 5 19:21:23 UTC 2002
I got a request to settle a grammar question today
about the use of "those (exact) ones". My friends
husband grew up in Oklahoma and was told to never use
"ones" with "those". He gave her a hard time about the
phrase "those exact ones". I have never heard of this
prescriptive rule, but I must admit that "those ones"
by itself sounds pretty bad to me. However, with an
adjective it sounds fine. The following are my
I like these cars much better than those ones. (not so
I like these cars much better than those. (good)
I like these green cars much better than those red
I like these green cars much better than those red.
(not so good)
That said, Jespersen In his 1933 Essentials of English
Grammar states: "The secondary combined with "one" is
very often an adjective...The secondary may also be a
pronoun." And then he gives the following example:
You must get some other clothes-those ones aren't fit
to be seen.
Does anyone share these judgements? Has anyone heard
this precriptive rule?
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