China is a country with one of the longest histories

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longxianchen

Senior Member
chinese
Hi,

Is this sentence right: China is a country with one of the longest histories in the world

I feel it's better :
China is among the countries with the longest history in the world.

Thank you in advance
 
  • Cenzontle

    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    I like your first sentence better.
    Each country has a history: many countries, many histories.
    If you look at all the national histories with regard to their length, one of the longest histories belongs to China.
    Your second sentence refers to a plurality of countries, but apparently only one history,
    so I'm confused as to whether that history is just China's or some kind of shared history of several countries.
     
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