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    Smile One Statistic vs. Some statistics

    Hello =)

    I am new to this forum and quite happy that I may have found a place where all my tricky questions might be answered. Being a student of English, I am very interested in improving my English skills, so any help is really appreciated.

    I just came across an expression that sounded strange in my ears: The author of a newspaper article was talking about "one statistic". At university, I learnt that the term was usually only used with some (as in some statistics"). So, I was wondering if (and probably why) this is correct =) I'm not allowed to say a statistic, am I?

    Thank you for your answers =)


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    Re: One Statistic vs. Some statistics

    I think it can mean one number in statistics data.


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    Re: One Statistic vs. Some statistics

    sounds good, but I think the context means something different;

    the context is the following: One telling statistic: the city now boasts more billionaires than any other [...]

    Or is this really just referring to one number here? *clueless me ^^*

    Thanks for your quick answer! =)

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    Re: One Statistic vs. Some statistics

    Quote Originally Posted by startrip View Post
    sounds good, but I think the context means something different;

    the context is the following: One telling statistic: the city now boasts more billionaires than any other [...]

    Or is this really just referring to one number here? *clueless me ^^*

    Thanks for your quick answer! =)
    This is quite common usage in newspaper articles etc. There can be many different types of "statistic", number of billionaires in a given place, as in your text: number of cars in circulation: number of dogs per head of population etc. The text is simply saying that this is one statistic amongst others.


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    Re: One Statistic vs. Some statistics

    that's quite logical, thank you. So if I am to tell the difference between some statistics and one statistic I simply say that some statistics refers to more than one and one statistic ( as the one already implies) just refers to one number/one statement within statistics?

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    Re: One Statistic vs. Some statistics

    Yes.


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    Re: One Statistic vs. Some statistics

    awesome =) Thanks a lot!

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