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Message de chienthang posté le 16-01-2009 à 10:23:02 (S | E | F)
I read in a student book this sentence: "Vietnam ranks second only to China for growth in the number of telephone subscribers". I looked this use of "rank" up in the dictionary but I didn't see "rank first/second.. to" I wander if it is wrongly used. I think maybe this sentence should be" Vietnam ranks second only after china for the growth in the number of subscribers".Can anyone help me with this structure please?
Thank you very much in advance.
Réponse: Rank second after or to? de hoger, postée le 16-01-2009 à 21:33:16 (S | E)
Les deux possibilités me semblent justes.
Réponse: Rank second after or to? de chienthang, postée le 17-01-2009 à 11:27:34 (S | E)
Thank you very much. I wish you a prosperous year of buffalo
Réponse: Rank second after or to? de usboy, postée le 17-01-2009 à 11:57:54 (S | E)
From my mind set rank second to is more suitable because:
_the phrase "second to" is common in English.I've never heard of "second after".
_When we say "rank second after", there is a sort of repetition because something that is second always comes after another!