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Dear Mods,

Recently, I have searched for the phrase "one-way". According to the dictionary, it is an adjective. When we talk about tickets, we can say "two singles" in place of "two single tickets". Can we replace "two one-way tickets" with "two one-ways"?

Look forward to your reply.

Thank you so much!

Lux Trần.

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Hello, Lux Tran, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

@Lux Tran posted:

Recently, I have searched for the phrase "one-way". According to the dictionary, it is an adjective. When we talk about tickets, we can say "two singles" in place of "two single tickets". Can we replace "two one-way tickets" with "two one-ways"?

I've only heard the adjective single used as a noun in reference to rooms (not tickets), as opposed to, for example, double rooms.

An adjective like "single" can be nominalized and used in the plural as if it were a noun, and in travel jargon the same thing seems to happen with "one-way": two one-way tickets = two one-ways.

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An adjective like "single" can be nominalized and used in the plural as if it were a noun, and in travel jargon the same thing seems to happen with "one-way": two one-way tickets = two one-ways.

Hello, Lux Tran, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

I agree with Gustavo that "two one-ways" can be used instead of "two one-way tickets." It needs to be used in the right sort of context, though. Out of the blue, a question like "How many one-ways have you bought?" would not make sense.

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