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When merging several properties, ones defined locally win.

Is it better to replace ones with those?

Possibly a duplicate : the ones or those.

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I don't think you can go wrong with either, they're both fairly similar in meaning. It just depends on what tone you're going for. Personally, I prefer those, because it sounds a little more casual and is easier to understand. Ones sounds more formal.

  • I'm with you :) – 尤慕李 Jul 7 '15 at 3:43
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    I think using ones is unclear unless modified to "the ones." To my ear, a subordinate clause beginning with "ones" sounds like you're saying "one's." – stevesliva Jul 7 '15 at 3:44

I believe that ones is bad to use when you can help it.

"One" is a singular item, so it makes sense to use "those" if it can be used correctly, rather than using "ones". Also stevesliva brings up a great point, when reading one might just confuse ones with one's in their mind for a bit before taking a second look.

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    Well, I actually think "the ones" can help clarify a plural subgroup when used instead of "those," but I always attach the article "the." – stevesliva Jul 7 '15 at 18:34

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