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    At which place is UK with regard to pollution related deaths in the world?

    Hi,

    I would like to make a question to the following sentence:

    "This puts the UK in 55th place out of the 188 countries measured, placing them behind the US and many European countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark."

    and my question would sound something like this:

    At which place is UK with regard to pollution related deaths in the world?

    and the answer is: UK is in the 55th place out of the 188 countires measured.

    Is this question correct this way?

    thanks for your help!
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    Re: making question

    Quote Originally Posted by ildikodeak View Post
    Hi,

    I have a question to the following sentence:

    "This puts the UK in 55th place out of the 188 countries measured, placing them behind the US and many European countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark."

    Quote Originally Posted by ildikodeak View Post
    And my question is:

    At which place is UK with regard to pollution related deaths in the world?

    That's okay but not natural. You could say something like:

    - Where does UK rank in pollution-related deaths?
    - What's UK's rank in pollution-related deaths?
    - Where does the UK place among other countries in pollution-related deaths.


    And the answer is: UK is in 55th place out of the 188 countries measured.

    Or you could say something like:

    - UK places 55th of the 188 . . . .
    - UK is 55th among the 188 . . . .


    Is this question correct this way?

    Thanks for your help!


    You're welcome!
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    Re: making question

    Actually, the OP did want to make (or form, or compose, or write) a question about the sentence.

    This is the first time this question has come up in a long time. We used to get several a month on how to ask a question so that you'd get "55th" instead of "55" as the answer. There isn't a way to do so that sounds even a little natural. But usually the answer will be form you are looking for. And if you hear "55" instead of "55th" you still have the information you need.
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    Re: making question

    With regard to Charlie's suggestions in blue in the quote box in post #2, note that it's "the UK". "The" can't be removed because the official name is The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The same goes for The United States of America" - that becomes "the US".

    "The" can be dropped if "UK" or "US" are used as adjectives.

    UK nationals enjoy free healthcare under the National Health Service.
    I have met a lot of US citizens during my travels.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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