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    of the three/out of the three

    Hi,
    I have some idea about using the term "out of", for example; "I got 6 marks out of 10", "out of five countries, USA and UK are the most industrial countries" etc.

    But I am quite weak at using the term "of something". "Of the five countries, USA and UK are the most industrial countries" is this right?

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    Re: of the three/out of the three

    Yes, but there is normally "the" before USA and UK.

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    Re: of the three/out of the three

    'Of something' is usually pretty easy. Try arranging the sentence in a more normal way, then transform it like this:
    "Julia was the tallest of the five girls." -> "Of the five girls, Julia was the tallest."
    "The US and the UK are the most industrial of the five countries." -> "Of the five countries, the US and the UK are the most industrial." You don't need to add "countries" again - in fact, you shouldn't.
    I can't promise that this will work for all sentences, but it might give you an idea of how to use it.

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