Do we have to mention the things we refer to after the word "one of these" For example....

"I have a lot of cars.One of these is BMW"

"I have a lot of cars.One of these cars is BMW"

Which one of the previous phrases is grammatically correct?

  • The first is better but you need an article. 'One of these is a BMW'. – WS2 Aug 29 '14 at 22:06

No, you don't have to include [nouns] as in "One of these [nouns]" if it's clear what "these" refers to. Sometimes, even if it's not.

I have chickens, cars, and houses. One of these is a BMW.

Look at the three closed doors! Behind one of these is a new car! (The other two have goats.)

  • How do you like San Diego? ( bmwbuilders.com) – Jim Aug 29 '14 at 23:36
  • Is the chicken soft top or hard top? – Tim Lymington Sep 3 '14 at 19:20
  • More seriously: These should be them in every example here. How important you think the error depends on you. – Tim Lymington Sep 3 '14 at 19:22
  • @TimLymington Seeing as this was replicated from the OP who was looking for a different part of the statement to be clarified, I would seek dispensation. Otherwise, One of them cars would be quite inappropriate. May I interest you in one of these fine comments? – SrJoven Sep 3 '14 at 19:26
  • Ego te absolvo. Interestingly, 'one of them cars' would not raise an eyebrow in Northern England, while 'one of these cars' would not be said (in OPs context) by any native speaker I know. And your first example could be reordered so that you could use one of the latter [or former], but there is no good way to avoid ambiguity in the present order. There may be a question there... – Tim Lymington Sep 3 '14 at 19:51

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