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    Post DThe phrases "12 boys and 13 girls" and "25 boys and girls" do have the same meaning?

    If someone asks me, "How many boys and girls are there?", would the following answers mean the same?

    --12 boys and 13 girls

    --25 boys and girls

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    Re: The phrases "12 boys and 13 girls" and "25 boys and girls" do have the same meani

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    If someone asks me, "How many boys and girls are there?", would the following answers mean the same?

    --12 boys and 13 girls

    --25 boys and girls
    No. The first means 25 total. The second most likely means 50 total, but it is not completely clear.

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    Re: The phrases "12 boys and 13 girls" and "25 boys and girls" do have the same meani

    not a teacher

    If someone asks me, "How many boys and girls are there?", would the following answers mean the same?

    As with the examples below, I would at first assume that "25 boys and girls" meant a total of 25.
    "25 boys and girls came to the birthday party".
    "I teach a class of 25 boys and girls".

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    Re: The phrases "12 boys and 13 girls" and "25 boys and girls" do have the same meani

    mamen, your title is wrongly phrased.

    Please note the correct way to ask a question:

    Do the phrases "12 boys and 13 girls" and "25 boys and girls" do have the same meaning?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 31-Jan-2014 at 09:34.

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    Re: The phrases "12 boys and 13 girls" and "25 boys and girls" do have the same meani

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    If someone asks me, "How many boys and girls are there?", would the following answers mean the same?

    --12 boys and 13 girls

    --25 boys and girls
    The second doesn't give any indication of how many of each. Like JMurray, I would think that the total was likely to be 25.

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