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# The number of people who gathered outside the government

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25 Jul 2005, 14:51
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5. The number of people who gathered outside the government building today is almost twice as numerous as the number of people who gathered there yesterday

A: The number of people who gathered outside the government building today is almost twice as numerous as the number of people who gathered there yesterday
B: The number of people who gathered outside the government building today is almost twice the number of people who gathered there yesterday
C: The number of people which gathered outside the government building today is almost twice as much as the number of people which gathered there yesterday
D: The people who gathered outside the government building today are almost twice as numerous as the people who gathered there yesterday
E: The people who gathered outside the government building today are twice the number of those who gathered there yesterday
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25 Jul 2005, 15:40
B is clear and concise. The number is singular and should be followed by â€˜isâ€™ not are so D and E are out for that.
A is too wordy with â€œalmost twice as numerous asâ€
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25 Jul 2005, 17:14
B is fine.

A - OUT as numerous as ...

C which clause. Needs comma before it and moreover which can not refer to people (living things).
D,E compare people with number of people..
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25 Jul 2005, 20:29
Count me in for "B"
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26 Jul 2005, 11:03
Yes, I vote B as well.

A) and D) "twice as numerous" is not correct
C) would not use "which" after "number of people"
E) changes the sentence by saying it IS twice, versus ALMOST twice
26 Jul 2005, 11:03
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