What is the meaning of "the one three blocks" in the below sentences?

Good but not as good as the one three blocks away.
Just in case the one three blocks down isn't close enough.

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    You are not parsing it correctly--it is "the one" + "three blocks away"...See Clares answer. – Cascabel Jan 3 '17 at 5:50

The one three blocks away

contains a reduced relative clause. You can understand it as

The one [which/that is] three blocks away.

One is a pronoun here. The one refers to a referent that was probably mentioned before or is otherwise identifiable by the listener. Three is part of a measurement in units of blocks, that is how many blocks.

An example with more context:

This Indian restaurant is good. But it's not as good as the one [that is] three blocks away. Let's go to that one instead.

As for blocks: Streets are divided into blocks. A block usually refers to the length of street between two intersections. So, a block can be used as is a unit of distance.

See Oxford:

2.4 North American The length of one side of a block, especially as a measure of distance

Something (such as a post-office, bookstore, restaurant) "three blocks away" or "three blocks down (the street)" is something that you have to travel three blocks to get to. You will cross two intersections and be "three blocks away" or "three blocks down" from the position or location you started from.

Blocks do not have a uniform distance measured in such units as feet, miles or kilometers. The distance of one block measured in standard units varies from one city to another and even from one part of a city to another. Math Forum reports that there are 8 to 20 city blocks to a mile (1.6 kilometers).

  • Thank you. But what about "the one three" means? Is it 1/3 or ... – Ali Jan 3 '17 at 6:01
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    Dont consider "the one three" as whole. They are two different parts of one sentence. "The one" refers to a thing in particular, its not referred as number here. The word "Three" in your sentences defines number/position of things. – Miss Komal Jan 3 '17 at 6:14
  • ohh, what a idiot i am! – Ali Jan 3 '17 at 6:18
  • @Ali I've edited my answer. I think you are confused by one and three being next to each other. See my edited answer. – Clare Jan 3 '17 at 6:21
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    @Ali Easy mistake to make! Do not be so hard on yourself. "With time comes wisdom". – Cascabel Jan 3 '17 at 6:42

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