one's vs ones; and omission of "the" with superlatives


Source: My Aussie teacher

They are the one's nearest and dearest in my life.

Shouldn't it be without an apostrophe: "the ones?" Because it should be plural(they).
And is it ok that we omit "the" in the superlatives("nearest" and "dearest")?

Dirty Hippy

Posted 2017-08-28T04:32:58.287

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It needs to be

the ones

since it is a specific group of people and this is the usual pattern for expressing this.


I just reread the question. Thing is that BrE and its derivations, AusE included, do funny things with the determinant "the". For example

He is in the hospital. (AmE)
He is in hospital. (BrE)

In the future, we should avoid bad weather. (AmE)
In future, we should avoid bad weather. (BrE)

To me, it's part the cultural differences between AmE and BrE, AmE tends to err on the side of specificity.


Posted 2017-08-28T04:32:58.287

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Yes, for me it's also so obvious and usual I wonder why my native English teacher denies it – Dirty Hippy – 2017-08-28T05:03:10.153

Ask her for an explanation. – user3169 – 2017-08-28T06:03:56.730

Sorry, I still do not understand, "should we use the article "the" before "nearest" or not? – Dirty Hippy – 2017-08-30T04:51:15.150

1It's a matter of style "They are nearest and dearest in my life" = "They are *the* nearest and dearest in my life", both have the same meaning. – Peter – 2017-08-30T20:43:51.397