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    when compared to global average

    Dear forumers, I need your opinion on this sentence here:

    Canada has been welcoming higher, when compared to global average, numbers of immigrants of various religious denominations such as Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and non-religious.

    I wonder if the when compared to global average part reads well here. Thank you very much.

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    Re: when compared to global average

    My inexpert correction:Measured on the scale of the global means, Canada has been welcoming a high number of immigrants of various religious denominations, such as Christianity, Sikhism, and Buddhism, as well as non-religious immigrants.

    Note the difference between compared to (Life is poetically compared to the morning dew) and compared with (Compared with a quite ordinary star, like the sun, the earth is small indeed).

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    Re: when compared to global average

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Dear forumers, I need your opinion on this sentence here:

    Canada has been welcoming higher, when compared to global average, numbers of immigrants of various religious denominations such as Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and non-religious.

    I wonder if the when compared to global average part reads well here. Thank you very much.
    I think that 'when compared to the global average' is fine, though the clause sits awkwardly where you have it. I'd put it either at the beginning or at the end of the sentence.

    Incidentally, the sentence seems to be saying that 'non-religious' make up one of the 'various religious denominations'.
    Last edited by 5jj; 26-Apr-2012 at 12:57. Reason: spacing

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    Re: when compared to global average

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Dear forumers, I need your opinion on this sentence here:

    Canada has been welcoming higher, when compared to global average, numbers of immigrants of various religious denominations such as Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and non-religious.

    I wonder if the when compared to global average part reads well here. Thank you very much.
    If you want to leave it where it is, I would put it in brackets.

    Canada has been welcoming higher (when compared to the global average) numbers of immigrants of various religious denominations such as Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and non-religious.

    With regard to 5jj's coment about "non-religious" being a religious denomination, there was a similar question raised by the UK census last year. In the UK census, it was interesting to discover that those people who ticked "atheist" were being lumped together with the people who ticked an actual religion. When percentages of "population who are religious" against "population who are not religious" were being discussed, apparently the powers that be added up the number of people who ticked a religion and also who ticked "atheist" and put them together to call them "religious groups" or something similar. The only group who were excluded were those who ticked "no religion".

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    Re: when compared to global average

    Interesting to learn that it's actually acceptable to use adjectives here rather than nouns like Christianity, Sikhism, and Buddhism I had suggested earlier.

    And I've also learned a new expression: compared to the global average. Thanks, everyone!

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    Re: when compared to global average

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you want to leave it where it is, I would put it in brackets.
    Canada has been welcoming higher (when compared to the global average) numbers of immigrants of various religious denominations such as Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and non-religious.
    Thank you, Sir! I've been thinking about the article too. But can we omit the article here if we want to say when compared to global average numbers but just leave the word numbers out since it follows right after it?

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    Re: when compared to global average

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Thank you, Sir! I've been thinking about the article too. But can we omit the article here if we want to say when compared to global average numbers but just leave the word numbers out since it follows right after it?
    Ah, I see what you were intending to say. In theory I suppose it should be possible, but it does read awkwardly here. It would be simpler to say, 'Canada has been welcoming higher than global average numbers ...'


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    Re: when compared to global average

    Quote Originally Posted by radwa zafer hassan hassan View Post
    the difference between compared to (Life is poetically compared to the morning dew) and compared with (Compared with a quite ordinary star, like the sun, the earth is small indeed).
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