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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
One is having a moan.... by Spursfan on 26 November 2006 10:05am
...about the use of the word 'one' as a pronoun!

It is so pretentious. For those of us who are not English, it is used by the upper classes and by those who desire to be!!

Examples are "It was very difficult for one" [why not say "...for me"?] and "One always likes to watch Michael Palin" [surely "I always like..." would do?].

According to wikipedia.org:

"One (pronoun)
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One is a personal pronoun in the English language. It is a gender neutral, third person singular pronoun, commonly used in English prose. It is similar to the French pronoun on and the German man in that it is a pronoun that makes no reference to a specific individual.

Examples of its use:

One cannot help but grow older.
If one were to fail, that would be unfortunate.
Some consider its use to be formal. One can avoid one by using the passive voice or generic you. One is sometimes used to avoid gender-specific pronouns like he and she. See: gender-neutral pronouns."

However, I am sure that as used by, for example, the Queen, it is used as I not as "third person singular".

Any views?

One is going to have one's brekkie now!!



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