Interesting ways to use the word ‘ONE’ – Free English Speaking Lessons
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This English lesson is all about how to use the word “one” in various English expressions. The word “one” is used a lot to express quantity, however it can be used in various English phrases to mean different things in day to day English conversation.
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Let’s look at some of these English expressions.
One of these days –
This phrase has to be used with the word going followed by an infinitive. An infinitive is the word to followed by a verb. For example (to clean, to meet, to go, etc.) It is used to talk about something that you plan to do in the near future or a task that you want to complete.
Example: One of these days I’m going to clear the clutter on my desktop.
One by one:
To perform an action one after the other in an orderly way.
Example: I will list down my tasks one by one.
I’m not one to complain but –
This phrase can be used by someone who doesn’t complain often but now has a serious complaint to make.
Example: I’m not one to complain but the network on my phone has been giving me a lot of trouble.
A one-off payment-
This is a payment made just once, no installments
Example: In order to process the sale, you need to make a one-off payment.
A one-hit wonder –
A group or artist that sings only one hit and disappears
Example: I used to love that band but they turned out to be a one-hit wonder.
The one and only –
Used to introduce a personality who is very famous, unique etc.
Example: Let me introduce the one and only……..
A one- track mind –
If someone only thinks of one thing all the time and cannot change his/her thinking
Example: My brother has a one- track mind, he can only think of football.
One way of putting it –
This phrase is used when you want to show that you disagree with something or someone (it can sound rude so you need to use a firm yet polite tone)
Example: That’s one way of putting it; however I think we could have managed within the budget.
It’s one thing to say it –
Used to talk about something that is easy to say but difficult to do
Example: It is one thing to say it but difficult to quit bad habits.
So these are a few ways in which we can use the above English expressions effectively. We hope that you understood the English lesson. Keep Practicing and become a fluent English speaker.
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