# Thread: population of ?

1. ## population of ?

Hi,

I would like to know whether it is correct to say "population of 1,000,000" or "1,000,000 of population" and why?

Thank you,

2. ## Re: population of ?

Please give us full sentences to work with. It's just possible they could both be correct in different contexts (although the second would require an additional word).

3. ## Re: population of ?

"London's ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its 1.12-square-mile (2.9 km2) mediaeval boundaries and in 2011 had a resident population of 7,375, making it the smallest city in England."

4. ## Re: population of ?

Your sentence is fine.

5. ## Re: population of ?

Why can't we say "7,375 of population"? I would like to know the grammar rule.

6. ## Re: population of ?

Population is the number of people who live in a place
The population of London was 7,375.
London had a population of 7,375.
There were 7,375 people who lived in London.
You don't say 'there were 7,375 of population in London'.

not a teacher

7. ## Re: population of ?

Because it actually means "the number of people living in XXX", try to imagine how your suggested sentence would sound if you used the definition in place of the word.

There are 7,375 of population in London. (Your suggestion)
There are 7,375 number of people living in London. (What your sentences would be with the definition)

I'm sure you know the second is wrong.

If you wanted to use "people", you would just say "There are 7,375 people living in London". You would not, I'm sure, say "There are 7,375 of people living in London".

When we use "population", it either goes at the beginning of the sentence:

The population is 7,000
The population is very small.
The population is very large.

... or later in the sentence:

It has a very large population.
It has a very small population.
It has a population of 7,375.

We can replace "of" with some other words. For example:

It has a population numbering 7,375.
It has a population totalling 7,375.
It has a population which has reached 7,375.

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