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    Default Numerical Comparatives

    Dear teachers,

    Which sentence is more correct and more natural ?

    Action movies are three time as popular as comedies for men

    Action movies are three time more popular than comedies for men


    Why ?
    What is the difference in meaning between those two sentences

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    Default Re: Numerical Comparatives

    Hello, duiter.
    Please let me try to rewrite your sentences.

    "Action movies are three times as popular with/among men as comedies."
    "Action movies are three times more popular with/among men than comedies."

    I hope they are both correct and natural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    "Action movies are three times as popular with/among men as comedies."
    "Action movies are three times more popular with/among men than comedies."

    I hope they are both correct and natural.
    Not everybody agrees. See: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...imes-much.html

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    Default Re: Numerical Comparatives

    I think native speaker teacher should answer this question first before non-native speaker

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    Default Re: Numerical Comparatives

    I'm really sorry, duiter.

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    Default Re: Numerical Comparatives

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    I think native speaker teacher should answer this question first before non-native speaker
    I think people who ask questions should not look a gift horse in the mouth. We have in this forum several non-native speakers and/or non-teachers who regularly give accurate and helpful responses. If you wish to read only the advice of native-speaking teachers, you can always click on the 'Member Info' by our names to find out a little about us. You can then pick and choose what you read.

    There is no need to apologise, tzfujimino, for often being among the first to respond and, usually, giving helpful responses. In this case, your response was similar to what some native speakers would have said.

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    Default Re: Numerical Comparatives

    Duiter, do not put a space before a question mark.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Numerical Comparatives

    One of the problems with the original is that it read as though the comedies were made for men.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    One of the problems with the original is that it read as though the comedies were made for men.
    A problem that tzfujimino's corrections got rid of.

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    Default Re: Numerical Comparatives

    The original sentence is written by 2 IELTS examiners who are also native speakers in book called IELTS Writing Advantage page 97 paragraph 1 task 1
    I was told by native teacher to use "twice/three times/....times + comparative/superlative" formula
    When I look "twice/three times/ ....times + as + adjective + as" formula,I am a bit confused if these two formulas are interchangeable ?
    I can upload the picture from this book page 97
    Exam Materials - IELTS Advantage: Writing Skills | Delta Publishing - English Language Teaching

    Thanks

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