"He is one the greatest artists." Is this phrase c

Guest   Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:05 pm GMT
<<A an Englishman who speaks the Queen's English, I would say that statement is fine. >>

Just goes to show how much UK English and US English have diverged over the years. Around here, you still use the "of" in this phrase in typical speech.
RayH   Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:25 pm GMT
No, jokesters aside, this is not correct. The only correct way to say this is "He is one *of* the greatest artists."
Russconha   Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:12 am GMT
I hang my head in shame, the 'of' was blatantly missing. I promise never to come on this site drunk again, or offer any opinions until this embarrassing little issue has blown over.
Uriel   Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:24 am GMT
Drunken posting is never good. But you've learned your lesson now. Go forth and sin no more!
Guest   Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:10 am GMT
The problem is we are often given, let's say Japanese English language riddles here. English teachers who only use books (written in the Meiji era, I think) are told by a "conversational" English teacher that the example in the book is wrong, then the Japanese English doubt because they have NO idea what the correct answer should be.