I am not sure what "the one in red" means?

Why don't people say "the red one".

When to say "I like the one in red" & when to say "I like the red one"?

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    It might depend on what exactly you are trying to describe. A woman in a red dress? A car painted red? A red apple? A red flag? Jan 18, 2017 at 6:14
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    Are you sure people don't say ''the red one''? Data seems to disagree.
    – M.A.R.
    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:41
  • @M.A.R. I think Tom means "Why do people who say the one in red just not say the red one. I don't think he is implying that people don't say the one in red! (Otherwise he wouldn't be asking the question!!) :D Jan 18, 2017 at 13:35

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I like the one in red. Means, I like the person wearing red.

I like the red one. Means, I like that something that is red.

That's how I understand those sentences. I'm not a native speaker, so maybe there's a better interpretation 😀

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