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  1. anhnha's Avatar
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    #1

    equivalent to vs equal to

    But at the same time, there are over five million vacant dwellings, equivalent to 20 percent of the country’s housing stock, according to housing experts.

    Can I replace "equivalent to" by "equal to"?

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    #2

    Re: equivalent to vs equal to

    In this case, yes.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    #3

    Re: equivalent to vs equal to

    I think "equal" is a better word choice here.

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