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What is the difference der/die/das eine and der-/die-/dasjenige? Do they mean 'the one'?

  1. Er ist derjenige, der aus Berlin kommt.
  2. Er ist der eine, der aus Berlin kommt.
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1.) It does indeed mean the one. It could be replaced with der, but the former is more accurate.


Er ist der, der aus Berlin kommt.

Er ist derjenige, der aus Berlin kommt.

He is the one (who comes) from Berlin.

Other examples:

Sie ist die / diejenige, die ihn begleitet hat.

Außer denen / denjenigen, die sonst noch dabei waren.

2.) The expression der eine from your 2nd is not used.

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Er ist der eine, der aus Berlin kommt, und der da hinten ist der andere, der aus Berlin kommt. –  elena Dec 17 '13 at 14:07
OK, in rare cases, it might be possibly to use such an expression, however it still has a different meaning then. –  marsze Dec 18 '13 at 7:14

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