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    numerical strength

    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?


    We have numerical strength over the enemy.

    Thanks a lot

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    #2

    Re: numerical strength

    outnumber

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    #3

    Re: numerical strength

    There are more of us than there are of them.

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    #4

    Re: numerical strength

    Did the sentence express idiomatically?

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    #5

    Re: numerical strength

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Did the sentence express idiomatically?
    Yes, but the one above is not idiomatic.

    'Does the sentence sound idiomatic?'

    'Is the sentence expressed idiomatically?'

    Rover

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    #6

    Re: numerical strength

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    Did the sentence express idiomatically?
    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes,...
    I'm not sure. It's easy enough to understand, but it sounds stilted to me. I'd prefer this:
    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,
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    We have a numerical strength advantage over the enemy.

    Thanks a lot
    or "We have strength superioritiy over the enemy.'

    I feel BNC beckoning.

    b
    Last edited by BobK; 06-Jul-2011 at 11:32. Reason: Added alternative

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    Re: numerical strength

    BNC has spoken; I am off down the garden to eat worms

    1 NUMERICAL DATA 33
    2 NUMERICAL ORDER 31
    3 NUMERICAL VALUE 25
    4 NUMERICAL VALUES 24
    5 NUMERICAL TERMS 22
    6 NUMERICAL IDENTITY 17
    7 NUMERICAL EXAMPLE 16
    8 NUMERICAL SUPERIORITY 16
    9 NUMERICAL INFORMATION 12
    10 NUMERICAL METHODS 12
    11 NUMERICAL STRENGTH 10
    12 NUMERICAL ANALYSIS 9
    13 NUMERICAL MAJORITY 9
    14 NUMERICAL MODELLING 9
    15 NUMERICAL DIVERSITY 8
    ...
    See more here: British National Corpus (BYU-BNC) . 'Advantage' is not even in the frame (at least, not in the top 100)!

    b

    PS Worms regurgitated. I was asking the wrong question, BNC has no instances of 'numerical + <noun> + over'. My original uneasiness about 'numerical strength over' is vindicated (although my alternative wording isn't)
    Last edited by BobK; 06-Jul-2011 at 11:49. Reason: PS Added

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