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The past decade has seen a growing public fascination with the complex “connectedness” of modern society. At the heart of this fascination is the idea of a network – a pattern of interconnections among a set of things – and one finds networks appearing in discussion and commentary on an enormous range of topics.

What does one mean here?

[Source: Networks, Crowds, and Markets]

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  • one refers to a generic person it could mean you or I – BladorthinTheGrey Jul 22 '16 at 8:49
  • What does your research on the pronoun one show? Why do you think "one" should refer to anything in the sentence? Can you tell us why? – user140086 Jul 22 '16 at 9:11
  • It's merely part of a device to avoid the outlandish passive variant 'and networks are found to be appearing in discussion and commentary on an enormous range of topics.' – Edwin Ashworth Jul 22 '16 at 9:19
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    Include in your question the research you’ve done. Questions which lack results of research may be closed. (more) – MetaEd Aug 5 '16 at 15:10
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In the example sentence, "one" is not a determiner but a pronoun. It refers to "any indefinite person" (Collins dictionary). It is possible that the authors chose a sentence construction with "one" in order to avoid a passive construction ("and networks can be found appearing ...").

In less formal English, "one" can often be replaced with "you" ("and you can find networks appearing ...").

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