one of the only vs one of the few : Common Errors in English

About one of the only vs one of the few

Although it has recently become much more popular, the phrase “one of the only” bothers some of us in contexts in which “one of the few” would traditionally be used. Be aware that it strikes some readers as odd. “One of only three groups that played in tune” is fine, but “one of the only groups that played in tune” is more likely to cause raised eyebrows.

one of the only in News

  • Carpenter Fire Grows; More People Forced to Evacuate

    One of the only places to escape the heat in Southern Nevada is facing a raging fire. By Saturday afternoon the blaze on Mount Charleston grew to just over 11,000 acres.
    on July 7, 2013 Source: KLAS Las Vegas

one of the few in News

  • Coaching carousel blasted by Spoelstra, Popovich

    By Frank Pingue SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - It is no coincidence the opposing head coaches in this year's NBA Finals are among the longest serving in the game. In a job that offers little security, ongoing success on the court is one of the few ways to survive. Since the regular season finished in mid-April, a dozen head coaches have been fired, a statistic that does not sit comfortably with Miami's ...
    on June 15, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Sports

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