For example, the attributive adjective only and pronoun one: can we say "there is only one"?

  • Are you including possessive pronouns? – deadrat Nov 19 '15 at 22:12
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    Welcome to EL&U. Your question doesn't seem to be on-topic. Please edit your question to include full context and example usages. You already received 2 close-votes. – user140086 Nov 20 '15 at 5:00

Pronouns do not normally allow internal pre-head dependents. *"Extravagant he bought a new car", for example, is completely impossible. I say 'normally' because there is one minor exception, the use of a few adjectives such as "lucky", "poor", "silly" with the core personal pronouns:

"Lucky you! No one noticed you had gone home early".

"They decided it would have to be done by poor old me."

There is a restriction, though: the pronoun must be in accusative or plain case (compare "poor old me" and *"poor old I")

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  • thanks a bunch sorry if couldn't explain more, because my English is not good but for example the attributive adjective "only" and pronoun "one" – haha Nov 19 '15 at 23:46
  • can we say "there is only one" ? – haha Nov 19 '15 at 23:47
  • The song Inflatable you by Tim Minchin has about fifteen or so examples of you with internal pre-head dependents using a very wide range of adjectives indeed. None of these vocative uses seems ungrammatical ... Probably best listened to rather than read ... – Araucaria - Not here any more. Nov 20 '15 at 4:18
  • I just deleted two *'s. Please take a look. +1) – user140086 Nov 20 '15 at 8:58
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    @Rathony: the * before the phrases is a convention for indicating that they are not grammatical. More info here: meta.ell.stackexchange.com/questions/2392/what-does-this-mean – herisson Nov 20 '15 at 9:45

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