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Let's say we are talking about the values of something (between different nations) and U.S. has the higher value between them.

Could we say:

The peak is leaded by U.S. with

U.S. leads with

The peak is by U.S.

Is any of these wrong? What would you use? (where a formal style is preferred).

note: the values are expressed by a chart using percentages

edit: e.g.: how many citizen use a smartphone

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I would not use peak in this context. Peak often represents the highest point over time, particularly when the value rose to a certain point, and then fell again.

For example, in this graph:

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we could say that gas prices peaked in 2008, corresponding to the highest point on the graph.


In a situation such as the one you described:

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we would say that Europe leads, not that Europe peaks. We might also say that Europe is highest or at the top.

One other thing: If we use the word lead, the past tense is led, not leaded. So, if we were talking about this in the past, we would say that Europe led all regions in 2008, not that Europe leaded all regions in 2008.

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  • This is exactly what I was looking for, thank you JR
    – drM.
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 11:46
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I'm assuming you are talking about points, say, an international competition, and you want to say that the US has the highest points. If so, your second suggestion is the best way to express it. Additionally, you could use any of the following (a few among many possible ways you could say this):

  • U.S.A leads with XX points.
  • U.S is in the lead with XX points.
  • U.S leads 'Country XYZ' by XX points.
  • U.S.A is in the lead with XX points.

Any of these could be used formally. I would personally suggest options 1,2 and 4, as the point of concern is only about the US.

NOTE: Since you're talking about percentages, the best option would be:

U.S is in the lead with 70% of its citizen using smartphones. (For example)

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    No no, not points, just stating some percentages, could be for example how many citizen use a smartphone
    – drM.
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 10:10
  • All right, do check my edit to the answer.
    – Varun Nair
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 10:13
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Normally you would say "The USA is at the peak of..." but there are very few things that this holds true for.

"At the peak" means "At the top"

A more likely phrase to use would be "Norway leads the world at..." or "Norway is leading".

A country could be "at the peak of its economic power"

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  • I'm assuming you're a Norwegian.
    – Varun Nair
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 10:11
  • I am not a Norwegian. I just used them as an example. They are usually the one that always tops list of quality of living etc so I felt it was appropriate.
    – Anton
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 10:18
  • Oh, is that so ? Cool. Learned something new today :)
    – Varun Nair
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 10:20
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For a graph showing percentages

The peak is led by the US

would only be appropriate if you were showing a trend which the US could lead

In a bar, pie, or bubble graph it might be better to say

This peak is mostly from the US
The US has the largest share of this peak
The biggest percentage comes from the US

This is because you seem to only have one aggregate number (the peak) and then a break down of what's in the aggregate (US, etc.) so the conversation would revolve around who is contributing what to the aggregate number.

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