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    in three months

    Which are correct:

    1-The population went up from 10,000 to 50,000 in three months. That is a big increase in three months.

    2-The population went up from 10,000 to 50,000 in three months. That is a big increase for three months.


    3-The population went up from 10,000 to 50,000 in three months. Forty thousand people is a lot of people in three months.

    4-The population went up from 10,000 to 50,000 in three months. Forty thousand people is a lot of people for three months.

    The increase was very rapid. Given the fact that the population rose by 40,000 people in three months, one can say that it grew very rapidly. That is a rapid rate of growth.

    I think they all could work in spoken English. I doubt that any of them could work in formal written English.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: in three months

    I'm quite happy with all four in both spoken and written English.

    However, I find "forty thousand people is a lot of people" in 3 and 4 rather wordy. "Forty thousand people is a lot in/for three months".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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