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London itself is a living museum, with more than 2,000 years of history and culture. But it also boasts one of the greatest concentrations of significant museums (more than 100) of any city in the world.

In the second sentence, how to interpret the expression "of any city"? Does it refer to "museums of almost every city in the world" or "museums that cannot be compared by any city in the world"? Why? It seems that I cannot find a proper explanation for either interpretation. In other words, I even think this sentence is not correct. Can anyone tell me which expression or word in the sentence is around with the expression "of any city"?

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Always cite the source. –  Kris Nov 20 '13 at 10:33
    
I believe the sentence is ambiguous. It can be interpreted as "one of the greatest concentrations of [significant museums of any city] in the world", or "one of [the greatest concentrations [of significant museums] of any city in the world]." –  Damkerng T. Nov 20 '13 at 13:10

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IMHO, it means that London has the greatest concentrations of significant museums (more than 100) as compared to any/all other cities of the world.

It refers to the concentration of significant museums that cannot be compared by any city of the world.

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It is perfectly normal. It is effectively an intensifier, and may be omitted without greatly changing the sense.

The analytic meaning is, as tMJ indicated, something like "comparing the concentration of museums in every city in the world, London has one of the greatest concentrations".

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The writer might have said ' One of the greatest metropolitan concentrations of museums in the world'. The first dictionary meaning of 'metropolitan' is denoting of a 'metropolis', a large and very busy city. Or they could have used 'urban concentrations'.

In my view there was no point in referring to cities anyway, since museums are usually found in cities, seldom in the outback!

They could easily simply have said:

'London boasts one of the greatest concentrations of museums in the world'

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Why are you supposing that the OP wrote this sentence? Everything in their post leads me to the opposite conclusion. So they are asking why somebody has done something they don't understand and you answer by telling them not to do it! –  Colin Fine Nov 20 '13 at 11:47
    
@ColinFine Is the edited version any better? –  WS2 Nov 20 '13 at 12:01
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Better. But you're still not attempting to answer their question. –  Colin Fine Nov 20 '13 at 12:38

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