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is it correct to say "one is following the other", when for example referring to cars or persons, or is bad English and I should say "one is following the other one"?

Is there maybe a difference in meaning between both sentences? Can I use "other"—which I think is an adjective—without "one", like in "other one"?

Thanks!

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Yes, you can, but it is not always idiomatic.

I think (but I am not certain) that the times when you can are when you have used one (or the first) before.

So

One follows the other.

is fine, and so is

One car is following the other.

But not

The car is following the other.

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