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    Does anyone think there is some problem with:

    "Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1838822 persons."
    "Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 48% of the population."

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    What does "Hispanics or Latinos of any race" mean?

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    Re: Usage

    A Hispanic or Latino is, loosely defined, someone from South America.

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    Re: Usage

    Actually, I wanted to focus on the red part:

    "Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1838822 persons."

    Let me try talking about the racial makeup of a city of 1000 people, with 600 Caucasians:

    "Caucasians were 600 people."
    "Caucasians were 60% of the population."

    The first sentence seems "stiff". I might be wrong.

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    Re: Usage

    The first sentence is very unnatural. We'd say simply,"There were 600 caucasians". The second is better, though I would use 'made up' rather than 'were'.

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    Re: Usage

    Quote Originally Posted by Joliee View Post
    Actually, I wanted to focus on the red part:

    "Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1838822 persons."

    Let me try talking about the racial makeup of a city of 1000 people, with 600 Caucasians:

    "Caucasians were 600 people."
    "Caucasians were 60% of the population."

    The first sentence seems "stiff". I might be wrong.
    With your first sentence, it would be fine if you reversed the order:

    600 people were caucasian.

    Other suggestions:

    Caucasians made up 60% of the population.
    Of the 1000 inhabitants of the city, 600 were caucasian.
    60% of the city's population were caucasian.

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    Re: Usage

    There were 1,838,822 Hispanics or Latinos.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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