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I bought three T-shirts – do you want one?
One passenger said she had been waiting for 13 hours.
I heard of one case where a 12-year-old boy had been sent to prison.
Ours was one of the top four boats in the competition.
One of the buildings was badly damaged in the fire.
I met one of her brothers when he was here on business.
'How many books did she borrow?' 'Just the one.'
It was a problem, but not a major one.
I'm only using this radio until I can buy a better one.
Your experiences are ones that are shared by countless other parents.
I'm going to keep those boxes. The ones I want to get rid of are in the garage.
I'd never seen a game like that one.
David and I are the only ones left who are not married.
They were all dealing drugs, but Bob was the one who got caught.
Who is the one with the beard?
Why, one may ask, would someone want to burn down their own house?
One cannot always be right, can one?
One must bring one's own talents to every single task.
One cannot be sure what lies ahead.
She found herself in the one spot that gave her no shelter from the rain.
We're going to have to play the one team we did not want to play.
The one disappointment we had was that we didn't get to shake hands with the President.
My one hope is that more people with disabilities will enter into professions like social work.
There's one thing you can be sure of – you won't get any help from the government.
One person who won't be invited is that awful man who lives downstairs.
She lay on the sofa with a glass in one hand and an empty bottle in the other.
If you love both children, I don't understand why you give so much to one and not the other.
He could not tell the difference between one flower and another.
He took us all out to dinner at one of the best Japanese restaurants in town.
He was one of the most talented actors I've ever worked with.
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the short high sound that a small bird makes
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