Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Usage

  1. #1
    Joliee is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    3
    Post Thanks / Like

    Arrow Usage

    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."

  2. #2
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,168
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Usage

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

  3. #3
    Joliee is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    3
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Usage

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

  4. #4
    Joliee is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    3
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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.

  5. #5
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,168
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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'.

  6. #6
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    23,264
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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.

  7. #7
    Barb_D's Avatar
    Barb_D is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    17,278
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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.

Similar Threads

  1. usage
    By princesabharwal in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Sep-2009, 17:20
  2. usage
    By princesabharwal in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Sep-2009, 16:53
  3. about the usage of have,
    By abdasad2000 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 25-Oct-2007, 17:45
  4. Usage!!
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Aug-2007, 10:23
  5. could and would usage
    By naresh.g@rediffmail.com in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-Aug-2007, 23:12

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •