If I want to say something like “The ten best books I have read” or “The five biggest cities in the world” is the following correct?
أفضل عشرة كتب قرأتها
أكبر خمس مدن في العالم
I guess my question in general is when we want to express something like the above examples, the basic structure is اسم التفضيل first, then العدد. I was trying to come up with a reason why اسم التفضيل has to come before العدد, and the only reason I came up with is because العدد و المعدود cannot have anything separating them. So for instance, we cannot say عشرة أفضل كتب or خمس أكبر مدن, because the عدد and معدود would be separated. Is this correct?
I think I have also heard خمس أكبر مدن في العالم more than I have heard أكبر خمس مدن. Is it more a matter of individual user/speaker preference, or is one way of saying it actually better than the other?
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