Those ones

Elizabeth Martineze-Gibson martineze at COFC.EDU
Sat Dec 7 10:46:43 UTC 2002

I am glad this came up. I wondered if this is dialectal. I've heard this
on many occasions here in Charleston, SC. Coming from the Northeast and
having lived in Florida prior to this I never heard "those ones" before
and when I did, it just didn't sound right to me. But I hear it often
here in Charleston.
I would be interested in knowing if this occurs in other parts of the US
as a regular phenomenon.

Liz Martinez

On Fri, 06 Dec 2002 10:09:45 -0800 Ed Keer wrote:

> --- Dodi Schultz <SCHULTZ at COMPUSERVE.COM> wrote:
> > Ed Keer asks for opinions on:
> >
> >   >> I like these cars much better than those ones.
> >
> > The word "ones" is superfluous; the sentence is
> > therefore clumsy.
> I agree. But, I wonder why it's superfluous when a
> sentence like:
> I like this car much better than that one.
> is fine. I could imagine a generative syntax/semantics
> analysis. Just wondering if anyone was aware of any
> work on it.
> Also, it seems that "those ones" was perfectly fine in
> earlier English, at least according to Jespersen. So
> is this new?
> Ed
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