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I saw this sentence in a grammar book.

  • Who is the youngest girl of the three.

But I think that I can change of to out of without changing the meaning. Is it true? Please tell me.

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    Just "of" is idiomatic. Changing it to "out of" (or "from among") would still be technically correct, but a little clunky and not typical.
    – fixer1234
    Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 8:27

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All of these are quite commonly heard in AmE:

She is the youngest of the three.

She is the youngest girl of the three.

She is the youngest out of the three.

She is the youngest girl out of the three.

In this particular usage, out of is the more colloquial/informal, so while it is heard fairly often it would be far less likely to appear in expository writing.

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In this context both prepositions are correct and interchangeably, however, "Yes!", of sounds idiomatic.

"girl out of the three"

"girl of the three"

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