# Can you kindly tell me which sentence is correct

• 26-Jul-2013, 10:46
yanggis
Can you kindly tell me which sentence is correct
Dear all,
I have a figure showing two frequency distributions, one is for lakes, another is for reservoirs. Now I want to add some descriptive information for this figure.
1. Fig. 2 shows the two cumulative frequencies of numbers of lakes and reservoirs.

or

2. Fig. 2 shows the two cumulative frequencies of number of lakes and reservoirs.

Can anybody kindly tell me which one is correct?

• 26-Jul-2013, 11:08
FreeToyInside
Re: Can you kindly tell me which sentence is correct
Quote:

Originally Posted by yanggis
Dear all,
I have a figure showing two frequency distributions, one is for lakes, another the other is for reservoirs. Now I want to add some descriptive information for this figure.
1. Fig. 2 shows the two cumulative frequencies of numbers of lakes and reservoirs.

or

2. Fig. 2 shows the two cumulative frequencies of number of lakes and reservoirs.

Can anybody kindly tell me which one is correct?

When I thought about this, I was thinking "the number of" sounded like the best fit, but I couldn't quite make up my mind. A Google search of four possibilities showed the top result being "cumulative frequencies of the number of..." (the four possibilities were your two suggestions, and your two suggestions plus "the".) Hopefully somebody else can shed some better light on this.

(not a teacher, just a language lover)
• 26-Jul-2013, 11:46
bhaisahab
Re: Can you kindly tell me which sentence is correct
Quote:

Originally Posted by FreeToyInside
When I thought about this, I was thinking "the number of" sounded like the best fit, but I couldn't quite make up my mind. A Google search of four possibilities showed the top result being "cumulative frequencies of the number of..." (the four possibilities were your two suggestions, and your two suggestions plus "the".) Hopefully somebody else can shed some better light on this.

(not a teacher, just a language lover)

I'd go with "the number of".
• 26-Jul-2013, 12:47
Raymott
Re: Can you kindly tell me which sentence is correct
You probably should leave out "two" if one frequency graph is for lakes and the other for rivers. If both are for lakes and reservoirs, then it's probably OK.
I agree with "the number of".
• 27-Jul-2013, 14:21
yanggis
Re: Can you kindly tell me which sentence is correct
Quote:

Originally Posted by FreeToyInside
When I thought about this, I was thinking "the number of" sounded like the best fit, but I couldn't quite make up my mind. A Google search of four possibilities showed the top result being "cumulative frequencies of the number of..." (the four possibilities were your two suggestions, and your two suggestions plus "the".) Hopefully somebody else can shed some better light on this.

(not a teacher, just a language lover)

Now I understand. Thanks everyone.

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