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    the southern one fifth of its grain land?

    Hello, teachers!

    Would you read the following?

    1. Algeria, suffering from the same complex of deficits as China, is trying to convert the southern one fifth of its grain land to orchard crops in an effort to halt the advancing Sahara.

    Does the phrase "the southern one fifth of its grain land" mean the following?

    2. the southern (which occupies) one fifth of its grain land?
    or
    Does it one big phrase? If so, is the combination of "the + adjective + fraction + of + noun" common?

    By the way, what does "orchard crops" mean in this case?


    Thank you very much in advance for your help on these!!

    yam
    Last edited by yamyam; 19-May-2014 at 23:34.

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    Re: the southern one fifth of its grain land?

    I am not a teacher.

    I would say, "the southern fifth of its grain land..." without the "one". It is all one noun phrase.

    I understand that to mean an area which is equal to one fifth of the total area of grain land, and which is the southernmost part of that land.

    I would imagine that "orchard crops" refers to fruit trees.

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