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I want to know if the following two sentence are equal in meaning. If not, what is the difference?

The sparrow was the highest bird of all

The sparrow was the highest of all the birds

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Both are perfectly correct. The difference lies only in style.

The sparrow was the highest bird of all (here the word birds is omitted but understood)

The sparrow was the highest of all the birds (here I would omit the from 'all the birds', it is not absolutely necessary)

However, I must say that one would need a rather extraordinary context for this sentence, which would allow you to reasonably describe a bird, and a sparrow at that (!), as 'high'.

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They mean the same thing. Though, it is unclear what either of them mean. I guess the sparrow was one of a group of birds, and happened to be flying or perched higher than all the others?

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  • I vote for the second one. I think it is a description of where the sparrow is among other birds. – Ram Pillai Aug 8 '20 at 3:30

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