of all the longest living people


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Of all the longest living people in the world, few of them are millionaires.
(Quoted from an English test paper)

Does this sentence make sense?
Should it be put like this: Of all the people who live the longest, ...”?

Many thanks!
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    It does make sense - but it means "of all the living people in the world who measure (lying down) more than, say, 2 metres from head to toe..."

    To make it clear that we are not talking about that, you must use a hyphen: "Of all the longest-living people..."

    There are other mistakes too.
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