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    Question Why is this wrong?

    I took the grammar test and the question was "rewrite the given sentence with multilplicative expression"

    "Given sentence"

    - It is only 3mm long, but it can jump about 30 cm.

    and my answer was

    - it can jump about 100 times of its body size.

    Correct answer by teacher

    - it can jump about 100 times its body size. (without 'of')

    I understand people uses the correct answer. However, I don't understand why I am wrong grammatically.

    Can you help me understand?

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    Re: Why is this wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by jei oh View Post
    I took the grammar test and the question was "rewrite the given sentence with multilplicative expression"

    "Given sentence"

    - It is only 3mm long, but it can jump about 30 cm.

    and my answer was

    - it can jump about 100 times of its body size.

    Correct answer by teacher

    - it can jump about 100 times its body size. (without 'of')

    I understand people uses the correct answer. However, I don't understand why I am wrong grammatically.

    Can you help me understand?
    Because we don't say "times of".

    Nine is three times three.
    A magic bottle can hold five times its own weight.
    A flea can jump 150 times its own height.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Why is this wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Because we don't say "times of".

    Nine is three times three.
    A magic bottle can hold five times its own weight.
    A flea can jump 150 times its own height.
    As I mentioned above I understand people don't say "times of" when used after direct object, however, the teacher's answer used 'about' which makes 'jump' intransitive verb.... so that we have to use adverb clause right? in that case, I thought I could use one adverb clause and adjective clause that modifies '100 times.'

    'about 100 times of its size'

    If I'm worng, can you make it clear? thanks
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    Re: Why is this wrong?

    I'd use about 100 times its body length. There's no need to say of.

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    Re: Why is this wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by jei oh View Post
    As I mentioned above I understand people don't say "times of" when used after direct object, however, the teacher's answer used 'about' which makes 'jump' intransitive verb.... so that we have to use adverb clause right? in that case, I thought I could use one adverb clause and adjective clause that modifies '100 times.'

    'about 100 times of its size'

    If I'm worng, can you make it clear? thanks
    About = approximately.

    It can jump 100 times its own body length. (It can jump exactly 100 times ...)
    It can jump about 100 times its own body length. (It can jump approximately that far)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Why is this wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd use about 100 times its body length. There's no need to say of.
    I was going to suggest body "length" also. We are not told how wide the thing is (probably a bug).

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