Google Ngram shows that "one of several" is used more.

I think we commonly use "the" after "one of". Then why is "the" avoided by the majority of the authors?

  • The fact that the use of the article is "common" doesn't mean we always use it. One of several reasons is that it is not needed at all in some cases, like in this sentence.
    – oerkelens
    Jul 29, 2016 at 13:37
  • You have not included a sample sentence or two. The more detailed your question is, the better answers you will likely get. See Details please!, please. Jul 29, 2016 at 20:09

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They're not avoiding the definite article. It simply requires the proper circumstance to be used.


He chooses Jif® Peanut Butter because he likes the name.

Now consider these continuations of that thought:

But that is only one of several reasons he buys the brand.

He likes the jar's brightly colored label too.

Also one of the several reasons for his brand loyalty is the fact that actress Kate Beckinsale and Peter Pan® have hooked up.

  • I couldn't understand why you used "one of several reasons" without "the" in the first case and "one of the several reasons" with "the" in the second case. Could you explain it please?
    – Loviii
    Jan 30 at 5:37

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