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    the biggest number, most, etc.

    Hi,

    Is this expression right?

    "Indians are in my company most - nine labourers"

    or is it this?:

    "Indians in my company is the greatest number."

    or this?:

    "In our company are most Indians"

    I just still dont know how to express when the number of something is the greatest. Like for example: "The biggest number of cars was Mercedese [8 cars] and second Toyotas [4 cars]"

    I hope I was intelligible.

    thank you

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    Re: the biggest number, most, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by jirikoo View Post
    Hi,

    Is this expression right?

    "Indians are in my company most - nine labourers"

    or is it this?:

    "Indians in my company is the greatest number."

    or this?:

    "In our company there are mostly Indians."

    I just still dont know how to express when the number of something is the greatest. Like for example: "Fewest cars / the most cars were Mercedese [8 cars], seconded by Toyotas [4 cars]"
    or:

    The greatest number of cars was that of Mercedes, seconded by T.

    or other ex...

    I hope I was intelligible.

    thank you
    surprisingly, 'fewest' (without the definite article) also means 'the most' - the greatest in number.
    They were quite a few - means: they were many.
    Check out here:

    fewest - definition of fewest by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    Last edited by bianca; 06-Jul-2007 at 14:12.

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    Re: the biggest number, most, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    surprisingly, 'fewest' (without the definite article) also means 'the most' - the greatest in number.
    They were quite a few - means: they were many.
    Check out here:

    fewest - definition of fewest by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    I can't agree with you that saying quite a few we understand many.

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    Re: the biggest number, most, etc.

    Harry
    You should check up the link beforehand. This way, you may avoid quite a few mistakes .

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    Re: the biggest number, most, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by CHOMAT View Post
    Harry
    You should check up the link beforehand. This way, you may avoid quite a few mistakes .
    And what does quite many mean? I don't think it means quite a few.

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    Re: the biggest number, most, etc.

    Did you check up ? You may be given a clear explanation ( clearer than mine anyway)

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    Re: the biggest number, most, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by CHOMAT View Post
    Did you check up ? You may be given a clear explanation ( clearer than mine anyway)
    O.k

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    Re: the biggest number, most, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    And what does quite many mean? I don't think it means quite a few.
    Harry


    Here you go, from dictionary on-line:

    quite a few
    a large number. We watched quite a few of the World Cup matches on TV.

    Do you believe me now??

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    Wink Re: the biggest number, most, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    And what does quite many mean? I don't think it means quite a few.
    To me, quite a few (+ plural count noun) and quite a bit (+ uncount noun) are phrases more of idiomatic than of literal use.

    We got the letter quite a few days ago. (= fairly a long time ago)
    She's got quite a bit of money. (= fairly a large amount of money)
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    Re: the biggest number, most, etc.

    we're discussing what 'quite a few' means, whether it is idiomatic or not. Right?

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