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San
Lv 6
San asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

Which is correct?

Before (any / one / a single one) of the workers figured out how to use the machine, the day had ended.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    Both "any" and "a single one" would be correct.  

    "a single one" is the most dramatic.  It emphasizes the difficulty of using the machine.  Employees should not have to figure out how to use anything; training should be provided.  But "any" is also correct. It depends on the circumstances, and what the speaker wishes to emphasize.  If I had to choose one, I'd probably pick "a single one", because not being properly trained on the job could be dangerous, depending on the type of machinery.  Regardless, it's the employer's responsibility to provide training.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    As they didn't manage to figure it out, it would be better to say,

    "Before any of the workers could figure out how to use the machine, the day had ended.

  • 2 months ago

    before any of the

  • 2 months ago

    Any would be the best choice. 

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