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    Which are correct:
    1-I want to know which of the cities London, Paris or New York is bigger.
    2-I want to know which of the three cities London, Paris or New York is bigger.
    3-I want to know which of three cities, London, Paris or New York, is bigger.
    4-I want to know which of these cities is bigger: London, Paris or New York.

    5-I want to know which of the cities of London, Paris or New york is bigger.

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    They are all wrong!

    One way of saying what you wish to say would be:

    I want to know which of these cities is the biggest: London, Paris, New York.

    When more than two things are being compared, use the superlative, not the comparative.

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    I bungled that one up pretty badly, didn't I? You are quite right, and I 'll have to reformulate my original question which was about another aspect of grammar altogether. My apologies.

    Which of the following are correct:

    1-I want to know which of the cities London, Paris or New York is the biggest.
    2-I want to know which of the three cities London, Paris or New York is the biggest.
    3-I want to know which of three cities, London, Paris or New York, is the biggest.
    4-I want to know which of these cities is the biggest: London, Paris or New York.

    5-I want to know which of the cities of London, Paris or New york is the biggest.

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    Right. They are all fine, except 3 and 5. Id say that 4 is the best.

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