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I am proofreading a book for a museum of archaeology. While I was doing so I came across this sentence and it seems a bit odd but I am not so sure. I need your help;

"Of the six gold crowns of Silla that have so far been discovered, this one represents the oldest form of the original type and features ornamentation that closely resembles actual tree branches."

I made some revision:

"Among the six gold crowns of Silla that have been discovered so far does this one represent the oldest form of the original type, and it features ornamentation that closely resembles actual tree branches."

I have two questions:

  1. It seems more natural to me that'among' is used instead of 'of' here. Is it? or both of them are okay?
  2. In this case where this adverbial phrase "Of the six gold crowns of Silla that have so far been discovered,"comes in front of everything else, shouldn't you put the verb in front of the subject as it is a case of inversion?

Thank you in advance.

appreciatedly,

Yeseul Shin

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Among - Denotes a belonging of a person or a thing to a group. Example:He is among the few who completely understand the subject. Denotes a sharing of a common feature in a group.

Of - The word of is used with plural subject referring to one of many.

Among all the people,only two have passed the exam.

Only two out of all the people have passed the exam.

Of all the people,he is the youngest = he is the yongest of all = he is the youngest among all.

"Of the six gold crowns of Silla that have so far been discovered, this one represents the oldest form of the original type and features ornamentation that closely resembles actual tree branches." Can be written as "Out of all the...(readers will sense that writer is going to say something is distinct) "Among all six... "Among the six... More Examples Of the six boys he is the best Among the six boys he is the best

  • So if I understood you correctly,technically there's nothing wrong with the original sentence but you would recommend adding "out of all" in order to make it more clear? – Yeseul Shin Jan 17 at 1:05
  • Yes, sometimes different words have Same Meanings – user36625 Jan 17 at 1:18
  • I know. Anyhow, thank you so much for the answer. It helps me a lot :). – Yeseul Shin Jan 17 at 7:14

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