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could anyone explain how to use the word ones in our sentence..For instance, "To this end several homogenization techniques exist, ranging from the fairly abstract ones to those that are more oriented towards applications."

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Hi,
could anyone explain how to use the word ones in our sentence..For instance, "To this end several homogenization techniques exist, ranging from the fairly abstract ones to those that are more oriented towards applications."

This is fine.

Here are simpler examples.
eg Look at all these sweaters. I like the red ones (better than the green ones).
eg Look at all these sweaters. I like the red ones better than those that are green.

Clive
myviTo this end several homogenization techniques exist, ranging from the fairly abstract ones to those that are more oriented towards applications.
ones refers back to a plural noun.

To this end several homogenization techniques exist, ranging from the fairly abstract (homogenization) techniques to those that are more oriented towards applications.

CJ
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but then can it refer to a singular noun?
myvibut then can it refer to a singular noun?
ones cannot, no. For that you need one.

Of the two pens on the desk, only this one works. The other one is out of ink.

CJ
Hi,
but then can it refer to a singular noun?

eg Look at all these sweaters. I like the red one (better than the green one).
eg Look at all these sweaters. I like the red one better than the one that is green.

These statements indicate there are lots of sweaters, but only one red sweater and one green sweater.

Clive
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sorry i still didn't get the point. can you explain when we can use 'one' and 'ones'.thank you~
Hi,

First, let's look at the word 'one'.

Consider these examples

Example 1
Tom: Look at this red sweater and this green sweater. Which sweater do you like?
Mary: I like the red sweater.

Example 2
Tom: Look at this red sweater and this green one. Which one do you like?
Mary: I like the red one.

Example 1 sounds awkward and rather foolish to a native speaker, because there is so much repetition of the word 'sweater'.

Example 2 sounds much more natural.

Do you feel you understand this? Do you have any questions?

Clive
yes. I got it and how about 'ones'?
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