Choose the option that best corrects the statement at the underlined point:
One of his friend preferred to travel by air alone.
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There are two numbers in Noun-Number: Singular and Plural. When we speak about one person / thing, we use the noun in singular form. When we speak about more than one person / thing, we use the noun in plural form.
In the sentence given, we are referring to one of many 'friends'. Hence, the underlined part must have a plural noun. Only options B and C are plural. However, social circles is a group of people and, hence, is not the correct option here. This leaves us with option C as the right answer.