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Burma, officially called the Union of Myanmar, has the highest number

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Burma, officially called the Union of Myanmar, has the highest number of child soldiers.


A) the highest number of child soldiers

B) highest number of child soldiers in the world

C) the highest amount of child soldiers in the world

D) the highest number of soldiers that are children than anywhere in the world

E) the highest number of child soldiers in the world


(source: The Economist)

Originally posted by Kaczet on 06 Oct 2018, 08:46.
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Re: Burma, officially called the Union of Myanmar, has the highest number  [#permalink]

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Burma, officially called the Union of Myanmar, has the highest number of child soldiers.

A) the highest number of child soldiers

B) highest number of child soldiers in the world

C) the highest amount of child soldiers in the world

D) the highest number of soldiers that are children than anywhere in the world

E) the highest number of child soldiers in the world

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+1 for E

"Highest" is used for comparison. We need two entities when we use "Highest", to make more sense in a sentence.

Example :
(A) Mt Everest is the highest peak
(B) Mt Everest is the highest peak in the world. - This sentence makes more sense and it is better than (A), as Mt Everest is compared to all the peaks in the world.

Highest/the Highest:
We use "the" when there is a noun after the adjective e.g. the highest number, the highest proportion.
When we put the noun before, we don't need "the" e.g. the number was highest, the proportion was highest.

So, compare these 2 sentences:
- The UK had the highest rate of unemployment.
- The unemployment rate was highest in the UK.

A) the highest number of child soldiers --> No grammatical errors but we have a better option below (IMO)

B) highest number of child soldiers in the world --> Corrects the missing part in A but 'the' is missing here.

C) the highest amount of child soldiers in the world --> 'Amount' is not used for countable nouns.

D) the highest number of soldiers that are children than anywhere in the world --> 'Highest' is superlative. Hence, we don't need 'than' here. Comparative adjectives need 'than' such as higher..than..

E) the highest number of child soldiers in the world
--> This looks perfect
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