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    #1

    ... since then on

    Dear all,

    Is on at at the following sentence an optional word ?
    Can I delete it ?

    The number of shoppers plunged by up to 23 per cent since then on

    Many thanks

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    #2

    Re: ... since then on

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Dear all,

    Is on at at the following sentence an optional word ?
    Can I delete it ?
    You should delete it. But you'd have to use the present perfect:
    The number of shoppers has plunged by up to 23 per cent since then.

    Many thanks
    "Since then on" is not an English phrase that I've ever come across.

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    #3

    Re: ... since then on

    *Not a Teacher*

    " The number of shoppers has plunged by up to 23 percent since then. "

    -- "Since then on" doesn't make much sense at the end of that sentence.

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    #4

    Re: ... since then on

    No, it's wrong. It should read:

    The number of shoppers plunged by up to 23 per cent from then on. Or:The number of shoppers has plunged by up to 23 per cent since then.

    It's still a lttle odd with the 'up to'. Either it plunged by 23% or it didn't.

    ps. You are too fast for me, SlickVic.
    Last edited by 5jj; 10-Nov-2011 at 18:00. Reason: ps added

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    Re: ... since then on

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No, it's wrong. It should read:

    The number of shoppers plunged by up to 23 per cent from then on. Or:The number of shoppers has plunged by up to 23 per cent since then.

    It's still a lttle odd with the 'up to'. Either it plunged by 23% or it didn't.
    No, it keeps plunging. Once it plunged to 23%. So it did. Other plunges were less. So it has plunged by up to 23%.
    (I agree that it's probably a wrong interpretation of what happened though.)

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