one (pronoun)

This post lists two clashing points in the English Grammar Profile.  The only difference that we can guess from the definition is that the B1 point does not require the subject position.

B2 point 91 in PRONOUNS is defined as:

‘ONE’ as a generic personal pronoun in the subject position to mean people in general.

B1 point 42 in PRONOUNS:

‘one’ to refer to people in general, in formal contexts.

Yet, the examples for the B1 point are all in the subject position:

  • The television, I think, is like a box where one can find anything: rubbish and good things.
  • One more reason I like Singapore is that one sees cats everywhere.

To make matters more confusing, the English Vocabulary Profile lists:

‘One’ C1 FORMAL any person in general

 


A search in iWeb corpus for . one_p _v we get the following:

1 . ONE IS 49191

2 . ONE CAN 32818

PELIC STUDENT EXAMPLE:

One can see in this act

 Maya Deren’s refusing sexual rules of western society,

but also, with the final death, see the symbolic passage from one life to another one.

French male level 4 writing class.

3 . ONE WAS 16024
4 . ONE COULD 11736
5 . ONE WOULD 9465
6 . ONE MIGHT 8549
7 . ONE HAS 7894
8 . ONE MUST 7231
9 . ONE SHOULD 6733
10 . ONE MAY 5396
11 . ONE DOES 3593
12 . ONE WILL 3063

13 . ONE WONDERS 2493

  The Sportsrush
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14 . ONE HAD 2032
15 . ONE NEEDS 1989
16 . ONE SAID 1278
17 . ONE NEED 1262
18 . ONE CA 880
19 . ONE GETS 835
20 . ONE SAYS 797
21 . ONE BEING 726
22 . ONE HOPES 602
23 . ONE DID 473
24 . ONE SEES 458
25 . ONE FEELS 453
26 . ONE GOES 404
27 . ONE INVOLVES 401
28 . ONE SUSPECTS 401
29 . ONE WENT 399
30 . ONE THINKS 394
31 . ONE CAME 390
32 . ONE LOOKS 362
33 . ONE USES 351
34 . ONE SHOWS 340
35 . ONE FINDS 334
36 . ONE COMES 303
37 . ONE ASSUMES 299
38 . ONE WANTS 284
39 . ONE IMAGINES 280
40 . ONE DIED 239
41 . ONE TOLD 217
42 . ONE LEARNS 213
43 . ONE BECOMES 208
44 . ONE TAKES 206
45 . ONE ASKED 191
46 . ONE GOT 187
47 . ONE MAKES 177
48 . ONE MANS 172
49 . ONE HEARS 172
50 . ONE WROTE 169
51 . ONE BEGINS 163
52 . ONE CONTAINS 163
53 . ONE STARTS 161
54 . ONE KNOWS 159
55 . ONE TOOK 157
56 . ONE HOLDS 152
57 . ONE SEEMS 149
58 . ONE READS 148
59 . ONE OUGHT 142
60 . ONE REQUIRES 139
61 . ONE SHOWED 137
62 . ONE LOOKED 131
63 . ONE LEADS 128
64 . ONE EXPECTS 125

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