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Rich people's lives are the most complicated (ones)—and also the most meaningless (ones).

Can I omit both? If not, which one should I keep?

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    You can (and, IMO, should) omit both.
    – Dan Bron
    Sep 2, 2014 at 2:46
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    @janoChen yes none of the ones is required ;)
    – beginer
    Sep 2, 2014 at 5:33
  • Sorry to be persnickety, but why is there a 'but' in your sentence? complicated usually has a negative denotation as does meaningless, so unless there's additional context that's missing, it should really be, "Rich people's lives are the most complicated and also the most meaningless."
    – K -
    Sep 2, 2014 at 6:02
  • @K - you're right I fixed it.
    – janoChen
    Sep 2, 2014 at 6:16

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Yes, you can eliminate both ones. Your sentence would look like this:

Rich people's lives are the most complicated — and also the most meaningless.

This reads fluently and looks better than the original on paper.

To make the sentence read better, you could consider removing the also, as @J.R. commented. Doing this will give:

Rich people's lives are the most complicated — and the most meaningless.

Go minimalism!

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  • One could argue the "also" is redundant and that the sentence may read better without it.
    – J.R.
    Sep 3, 2014 at 9:17
  • @J.R.- you're right, however I wanted to keep the answer in the context of the question. I will add a section that covers this.
    – user72323
    Sep 3, 2014 at 9:23
  • I understand that "reads fluently and looks good on paper" ≠ "can't be improved any further". However, I can imagine someone interpreting it that way, hence my comment. :^)
    – J.R.
    Sep 3, 2014 at 9:27
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    @J.R. - changed from 'good' to 'better than the original'. Feel free to edit this question to improve it further.
    – user72323
    Sep 3, 2014 at 9:30

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