and the choice of what to include and what not to include was necessarily a personal one

Could it be said: "...was necessarily personal"? Which is the "one" to substitute, "choice"?


In the sentence you wrote, one is used instead of choice.
You can also say "was necessarily personal," but it could have a different meaning.

When you say "it's a personal choice," you mean that it's a choice done by a (particular) person, i.e. not done collectively. When you say "it's personal," you mean it is concerning the private life of somebody.

"Who is your girlfriend?," she asked.
"It's personal," he replied.


Yes, you could leave off the one (and also drop the article a) and just say that it was 'necessarily personal'. And yes, 'one' is being substituted for 'choice'.

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