"the one that" - referring to an uncountable noun?

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"the one that" - referring to an uncountable noun?

Postby Woods » 2020-10-28, 7:40

"Listen to the advice that pisses you off, not to the one that makes you happy."

Can this be said?

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Re: "the one that" - referring to an uncountable noun?

Postby linguoboy » 2020-10-28, 9:29

Woods wrote:"Listen to the advice that pisses you off, not to the one that makes you happy."

Can this be said?

Sure it can. It’s confusing, though, since “the one” sounds like it refers to a person giving the advice, not the advice itself.

The more idiomatic way to phrase this world be “…not (just) what makes you happy.” The clearest way to phrase it would be simply to repeat “advice”.
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Re: "the one that" - referring to an uncountable noun?

Postby Woods » 2020-10-28, 10:46

linguoboy wrote:
Woods wrote:"Listen to the advice that pisses you off, not to the one that makes you happy."

Can this be said?

Sure it can. It’s confusing, though, since “the one” sounds like it refers to a person giving the advice, not the advice itself.

The more idiomatic way to phrase this world be “…not (just) what makes you happy.” The clearest way to phrase it would be simply to repeat “advice”.

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