I've noticed myself saying "these ones" a lot. Is there a grammar rule against saying this? An example of how I use it is at work somebody will ask me what I'm working on and I'll say "I'm working on these ones."

Welcome, Tweaker G!

Drop the "ones" and just say "these". "These" already means "the ones here", so you are really saying "the ones here ones" when you say "these ones"!

(Even worse would be "the ones here here ones": "these here ones"!)

California Jim

Drop the "ones" and just say "these". "These" already means "the ones here", so you are really saying "the ones here ones" when you say "these ones"!

(Even worse would be "the ones here here ones": "these here ones"!)

California Jim

Comments

Tweaker_GIn this case the forbidden combinations are "these ones" and "those ones".

By the way, "this one" and "that one" are not forbidden combinations.

Hope that helps!

CalifJimI've heard people say it, but it sounds wrong to me!

CalifJim