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23 Aug 2007, 13:30
The number of dogs is twice as many as the number of cats.

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23 Aug 2007, 13:50
bmwhype2 wrote:
The number of dogs is twice as many as the number of cats.

Correct?

There are twice as many dogs as (there are) cats.
The number of dogs is twice that of cats.

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23 Aug 2007, 15:33
my question is can a number be as many/much as another number...
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23 Aug 2007, 15:58
I always thought the better choice when talking about a number is to "double" it rather than say it was "twice as many as..."

Was that (double) a choice?
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23 Aug 2007, 16:56
i made up this sentence to understand the grammar rules.
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24 Aug 2007, 05:53
Many is for countable objects, while much is for uncountable objects. For instance, Many people eat much food.

So, in your sentence I'd say that many is correct. Also, double is prob better than twice as many as...
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24 Aug 2007, 07:54
bmwhype2 wrote:
my question is can a number be as many/much as another number...

precisely what I implied through alternate phrasing

The statement:
The number of dogs is twice as many as the number of cats.
seems a little awkward. You are trying to say: The number is twice as many
I would prefer: The number is twice
(Note that here the subject is Number and not dogs)

However, if you use Dogs as subject, you may use "twice as many..."

Would like to have more opinions on this.

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24 Aug 2007, 08:03
parsifal wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:
my question is can a number be as many/much as another number...

You are trying to say: The number is twice as many
I would prefer: The number is twice
(Note that here the subject is Number and not dogs)

However, if you use Dogs as subject, you may use "twice as many..."

yes, that is what i wanted to make sure.

anyone else?
24 Aug 2007, 08:03
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