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One and ones

What kind of pronouns "one" and "ones" are in English?


  • It is used in place of another noun that refers to a type of thing already mentioned earlier in the conversation or that it asssumed to be understood.

    For example, if we were looking at cars and I pointed out a red car and said "That red car is a nice one", in this case, 'one' means 'car'; I'm saying "That red car is a nice car."

    Another example: Person 1 "Did you write any new poems?"
    Person 2 "Yes, I wrote a few good ones."

    Person 2 is saying "Yes, I wrote a few good poems."

  • I mean in which cathagory they(one&ones) fall into? What do we call them?
    For example :

    Personal pronouns (e.g., he, they)
    Demonstrative pronouns (e.g., this, these)
    Interrogative pronouns (e.g., which, who)
    Indefinite pronouns (e.g., none, several)
    Possessive pronouns (e.g., his, your)
    Reciprocal pronouns (e.g., each other, one another)
    Relative pronouns (e.g., which, where)
    Reflexive pronouns (e.g., itself, himself)
    Intensive pronouns (e.g., itself, himself)
    Indefinite pronouns (e.g., anybody,nobody, everybody ,somebody)

  • Here are the categories of A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language.

    • Personal pronouns
    • Reflexive pronouns
    • Possessive pronouns
    • Reciprocal pronouns
    • Relative pronouns
    • Interrogative pronouns
    • Demonstrative pronouns
    • Indefinite pronuns
    • Universal pronouns
    • Assertive pronouns
    • Nonassertive pronouns
    • Negative pronouns

    They subdivide assertive pronouns into

    • The some series
    • Multal and paucal quantifiers
    • One
    • Half, several, enough
    • Other and another

    They further subdivide one

    (a) Numerical oneone
    (b) Substitute oneone, ones
    (c) Generic oneone, one's, onself

    Substitute one is distinctive in that it replaces a NOUN, whereas other pronouns replace a NOUN PHRASE.

    • Specifically it replaces a COUNTABLE NOUN, which is why it has both SINGULAR and PLURAL forms.
      We don't use it to substitute an UNCOUNTABLE NOUN
      Let's have tea.
      I don't want one. I don't want any.

    • Because it doesn't replace a NOUN PHRASE, it can combine with DETERMINERS
      my one, this one, those ones etc

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