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    is currently the fifth of the world's megacities.

    Hello all,
    I want to know why the author used the plural form of the noun "megacity" here?
    Shanghai, with a population of around 23.5 million, is currently the fifth of the world's megacities.

    Source: American English File 4

    Last edited by ambitious-girl; 24-Sep-2017 at 09:36. Reason: fix typos
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    Re: is currently the fifth of the world's megacities.

    It contrasts with Persian language. Thanks Piscean. So helpful.
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    Re: is currently the fifth of the world's megacities.

    Quote Originally Posted by ambitious-girl View Post
    It's not the same in contrasts with Persian. language.
    Really?
    Would you use the singular in Persian in the structure below?

    is currently the fifth of (all) the world's megacities.
    Perhaps you're thinking of:
    ... is currently the fifth-largest megacity in the world.
    Last edited by teechar; 24-Sep-2017 at 13:59. Reason: typo fixed. Thanks Piscean

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    Re: is currently the fifth of the world's megacities.

    is currently the fifth of (all) the world's megacities.
    With "of" added, now it makes much better sense.

    Perhaps you're thinking of:
    Yes.

    Would you use the singular in Persian in the structure below?
    No. In the structure above, we use plural. Also, if we have "all" or the preposition "of", we use plural form too. However, we almost always use singular form in sentences like:

    There are four tree here.
    I have two sister.
    He has two wife.
    This house has four window.
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    Re: is currently the fifth of the world's megacities.

    That's interesting. Thanks for that info.

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