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    Smile an excess of men over women

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    Expressing majority:
    There was an excess of men over women.
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    I think both 'an excess of ' and 'the excess of' would be correct here and mean almost the same thing.
    'an excess of' implies that the excess could be slight, large, etc.
    'the excess of' is because of the "of-phrase".
    Am I right?


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    Re: an excess of men over women

    I most uses, "an" would be the only correct article.

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    Re: an excess of men over women

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I most uses, "an" would be the only correct article.
    Is that because of the definite article following "there is" ?


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    Re: an excess of men over women

    Quote Originally Posted by Vik-Nik-Sor View Post
    Is that because of the definite article following "there is" ?
    I don't see that.

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    Re: an excess of men over women

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    I don't see that.
    I mean, 'the excess of smth over smth' is as common as 'an excess of smth over smth', but you're saying the former is incorrect here, and I wonder whether this is because "there is" is not usually followed by "the".


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    Re: an excess of men over women

    Quote Originally Posted by Vik-Nik-Sor View Post
    I mean, 'the excess of smth over smth' is as common as 'an excess of smth over smth', but you're saying the former is incorrect here, and I wonder whether this is because "there is" is not usually followed by "the".
    Context means everything. The phrase "an excess of women" refers to one occurrence/situation. "The excess of women" refers to a specific occurrence/situation.

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    Re: an excess of men over women

    You said "The excess of women" refers to a specific occurrence/situation.", but look at the following quote -- isn't it talking about "a specific occurrence/situation"?
    Also, as was the case in the white
    population, the sex ratio among Barbadian blacks was the norm.
    That is, there was an excess of women over men in both racial
    groups, a pattern which emerged in the last decades of the
    seventeenth century, making Barbados quite unlike other
    Caribbean islands, where there was an excess of men over women
    in both racial groups.


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    Re: an excess of men over women

    Quote Originally Posted by Vik-Nik-Sor View Post
    You said "The excess of women" refers to a specific occurrence/situation.", but look at the following quote -- isn't it talking about "a specific occurrence/situation"?
    No. The specific I was referring to is something like: In this study, the excess of women over men was 70% to 30%.

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