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    A survey by the National Council of Churches showed that in 1986 there were 20736 female ministers, almost 9 percent of the nation's clergy, double the figure for 1977.

    i'm a bit confused by the "double the figure for 1977."
    is the double an adjective?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mengta View Post
    A survey by the National Council of Churches showed that in 1986 there were 20736 female ministers, almost 9 percent of the nation's clergy, double the figure for 1977.

    i'm a bit confused by the "double the figure for 1977."
    is the double an adjective?

    thanks
    It's confusing because it's ambiguous. Either there were 10,368 female ministers in 1977 (so that the 1986 figure is twice that), or the percentage of female ministers in 1977 was only 4 of the nation's clergy (so that the 1988 figure is twice that).

    As to the part of speech, I'm not sure. 'Double the figure' = 'the figure after it's been doubled'; and 'after it's been doubled' (I'd say - though parsing isn't my strong point) is an adjectival phrase; so I think 'double' there is some kind of determiner. Wait for a more authoritative answer - I know I shall.

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    Default Re: double

    Quote Originally Posted by mengta View Post
    A survey by the National Council of Churches showed that in 1986 there were 20736 female ministers, almost 9 percent of the nation's clergy, double the figure for 1977.

    i'm a bit confused by the "double the figure for 1977."
    is the double an adjective?

    thanks
    Yes, "double" is an adjective. I agree with BobK that the sentence can be confusing. As it is written, "double" applies to 9%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mengta View Post
    A survey by the National Council of Churches showed that in 1986 there were 20736 female ministers, almost 9 percent of the nation's clergy, double the figure for 1977.

    i'm a bit confused by the "double the figure for 1977."
    is the double an adjective?


    IMO, the sentence would be improved by the use of parentheses, thus:
    A survey by the National Council of Churches showed that in 1986 there were 20,736 female ministers (almost 9 percent of the nation's clergy), double the figure for 1977.
    ~R

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    IMO, the sentence would be improved by the use of parentheses, thus:
    A survey by the National Council of Churches showed that in 1986 there were 20,736 female ministers (almost 9 percent of the nation's clergy), double the figure for 1977.
    ~R
    Yes, very good.

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    Default Re: double

    Quote Originally Posted by mengta View Post
    A survey by the National Council of Churches showed that in 1986 there were 20736 female ministers, almost 9 percent of the nation's clergy, double the figure for 1977.

    i'm a bit confused by the "double the figure for 1977."
    is the double an adjective?

    thanks
    "Double the figure" is literal translation into English (language interference). I don't know where you are from but I know that German's often make this mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim View Post
    "Double the figure" is literal translation into English (language interference). I don't know where you are from but I know that German's often make this mistake.
    What's wrong with "double the figure"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim View Post
    "Double the figure" is literal translation into English (language interference). I don't know where you are from but I know that German's often make this mistake.
    That's perfectly acceptable English. (Germans)


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    That's perfectly acceptable English. (Germans)

    I mean if it is used in the sense twice as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim View Post
    I mean if it is used in the sense twice as much.
    I'm still confused.

    If there were 10,368 female ministers in 1977, then the 1986 figure was double or twice as much.

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