1. We need a view that explains X. The next chapter proposes one such view.

  2. We need a view that explains X. The next chapter proposes such a view.

Which one of the above is more idiomatic?

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    such a view sounds odd here. one such view is better English in this context.
    – Lambie
    Dec 17 '17 at 18:22
  • @Lambie You might like to take a look at this question too: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/150238/…
    – Sasan
    Dec 17 '17 at 18:26
  • I don't need to do that to answer your question. The best written/writing style here is "one such view". You can use "such a view" but it is not the most elegant. Don't you want to sound elegant? :)
    – Lambie
    Dec 17 '17 at 18:29

They are both equally idiomatic, with two issues that need to be corrected:

--your verbs need to agree in number with the subject:

a view that explains X...

chapter proposes


--an article is required before "next":

The next chapter proposes


They are both nice idiomatic expressions, as Tromano says. To get into the very slight differences in connotation: one such view perhaps emphasises the fact that the proposal is only one possibility of many. Such a view also implies that it's not the only possibility, but puts a little less stress on the fact. So, in some contexts, one such view could be construed as involving a bit more hedging - like, "I'm not claiming it's the most correct or the optimal, but..."

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