What is the difference between the following sentences?
this factory is at present producing( )
1. twice more than it did before.
2. two times more than it did before.
Last edited by earleryo; 20-Mar-2006 at 07:18.
I prefer the second to first. The second is correct but it is different from "twice as much". Twice as much = 2 X the base. Two times more = 2 X the base + the base.
If the factory produced 1000 widgets, twice as much would be 2000 widgets; two times more would be 3000 widgets.
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Sorry, Mike, with all due respect for all the great answers you've given in the past, I'll have to disagree with you on this one. I see the logic in what you're saying, but I think that most people would think 2000 units is two times more than 1000.
Dear MyKwyner,
I agree with Mike. Twice as much and twice more are different quantities.
I agree with your usage of more, but I'm afraid that you're creating ambiguous sentences.
If Washington, DC is 250 miles from my home, and Boston is two times farther (two times more distant), then Boston is 750 miles from my home. The problem is that not every mathematical comparison is this clear.