Which phrase is more correct, "one" or "the one"?

Which phrase is more correct, "one" or "the one"?

a. I need an orange for this recipe. I'll go buy one from the supermarket.

b. I need an orange for this recipe. I'll go buy the one from the supermarket.

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  • 6 months ago

    There are two oranges on the table. Which one do you want?

    I want the one on the right.

    I need a banana.

    I'll get you one from the bunch in the kitchen.

    Bring me the one that looks the ripest.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    b is correct if the supermarket has only one orange. In other words, a is correct.

    • John P
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      "I will buy one from....." The addition of "the" would be incorrect.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    You can use either, but they change the meaning.

    a is more usual and means you will go and buy an orange

    b suggests there is only one orange left in the supermarket

    and you will be going to buy that very one.

    So only use 'the one' if talking about a specific item.

    Bonus - 'correct' is an absolute: so something cannot be more or less correct than another.

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  • 6 months ago

    a correct

    b for dramatic effect but not for buying oranges

    the one is used for dramatic effect

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