Here is a sentence from an LSAT:

It draws an analogy between semiplaning monohulls and conventional ships that constitutes an objection to the argument's main conclusion, one that is subsequently rejected by appeal to another analogy.

Does "one" refer to the "main conclusion" or "an objection"? And why?

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The Cambridge dictionary defines one as a pronoun meaning

used to refer to a particular thing or person within a group or range of things or people that are possible or available

As an example, you might say:

I have picked some apples. Would you like one?

In this sentence, one refers to one of the group of apples.

"an objection" is one of a group of objections, so one could refer to it, but "the ... main conclusion" is the only main conclusion, so one cannot refer to it.

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