I have several questions about times.
What's the exact meaning of 'this street is three times wider than that one'? That depends on who you ask, so there is no exact meaning!
Suppose the width of 'that one' is 1 meter, what is the width of 'this stree', 3 meters, 4 meters or other numbers?
Some say 3 meters and some say 4, so obviously one shouldn't say 'x times (wider)(longer)(older)(etc) than' because the meaning is not clear. One should say 'x times as (wide)(long)(old) as'. This street is 3 times as wide as that one.
A grammar guide says 'he is more than three times as rich as I am' = 'he is three times richer than I am. They are not the same.
'more than three times as rich as' means somewhere between three times as rich and four times as rich'. So in the example below, he has more than 300 dollars but less than 400 dollars.
'three times richer than' is again unclear and should not be used.
I doubt it very much. According to the two above-mentioned sentence, suppose 'I' have 100 dollars, how much does 'he' have respectively?
What's the exact meaning of 'this street is four times shorter than that one'? Suppose the length of 'that one' is 100 meters, what is the length of 'this street'? Saying 'x times (shorter)(younger)(poorer) than' is even worse than 1. and 2. above. Don't say that.
Say 'This street is (one quarter)(one fourth) as long as that one.', which I can only guess is what the original sentence wants to say. (25 meters)
Thanks in advance.