"Seven trucks are needed to carry the same amount of paper bags that fit in one truckload of plastic bags"
This comes from a site on the benefits of plastics. www.americanplasticscouncil.org
(Go to the quiz and it's the second question)
It's saying that seven trucks are needed to carry paper bags which are the same amount as something, which can fit in a truckload with the plastic bags.
Last edited by Passionwagon; 23-Sep-2006 at 02:01.
Thanks River Kid!
Itr's true that it is understandable, but only in context. Taken out of context, it actually means that seven trucks are needed to carry the same amount of paper bags in a truck - which makes no sense, seen as how there has been no change in vehicle, so you do not need 6 more trucks to do what one truck has done perfectly well on its own. You could understand if it said "car". Shouldn't the part that says "that fit in" be replaced with "for"?
The phrasing is awkward. It would've been clearer if they'd said something like "it would take seven trucks to haul 10,000 paper bags, while the same amount of plastic bags easily fits into one truck." Or something like that.
And ever since I saw Airplane!, every time someone uses "surely" in a sentence, I can't help but reply, "...and don't call me 'Shirley'"!"
Maybe: "paper bags take up seven times as much space as plastic bags".
But then we lose the trucks. And question-setters do like trucks.
The sentence would have been much more clear if it had said, "...the same number of paper bags..."
Waiter: How does Madam take her coffee?
Lady of a certain age: I like my coffee like I like my men - hot and strong.
Waiter: Very good, Madam. Black or white?
This (or something like it) pre-dates Airplane by several decades.
Last edited by BobK; 24-Sep-2006 at 11:45. Reason: Tweak format