English as a Second Language/One with plurals


QUESTION: Dear Shannon,

Please look at this sentence from Wikipedia:

"The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one of the wonders that may have been purely legendary."

They use "one" (singular) to refer to the "gardens" (plural).
I remember that your corrected my sentence "These products are one of the best body care products in the world" into  "These products are among the top products in the world." and "These products are some of the best products in the world."

Thanks a lot!
Kind regards,

ANSWER: Antoine,
I am unsure if the question was addressed to me, but here is my answer:
Wikipedia is correct.
They use 'one' to refer to 'the Hanging Gardens of Babylon' as a whole/unit/wonder of the world.
Hope this helps

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QUESTION: Thanks, Amy!
Could you please give me further examples using "one" to refer to plural nouns?


other examples similar to the one you found on wikipedia:

The Three Musketeers is one of Al Dumas famous books.

The Four Seasons is one of my favourite hotels in Las Vegas.

Seven Pounds is one of Will Smith movies.

and so on and so forth.

Again, please keep in mind, 'one' does not refer to plural nouns per se in any of the above examples.

Hope this clarifies things for you.



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