If a statement says "India is ranked two places below China" What place does India hold if China is ranked 1? Is it rank 3 or 4?

Also, is there any difference between the following two sentences?

India is ranked below China.

India is ranked behind China.

  • India is ranked 3rd, that is below or behind China. – user66974 Jun 15 '14 at 9:44

The best way to decode such statements is to play with the numbers. What could it mean if India was ranked one place below China?

China is ranked "1".

0 places below (equal ranking) is "1"
1 place below is therefore "2"
2 places below is therefore "3"

Phrases like "n places below" are mostly interpreted as a distance rather than as a count of intervening positions.

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