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    #1

    more people working

    Can one say
    a. There were more people working in the fields than vacationing abroad.
    b. There were more people who were working in the fields than were vacationing abroad.

    c. There were more people working in the fields than there were vacationing abroad.
    d. There were more people working in the fields than there were people vacationing abroad.

    ?

    All the sentences are supposed to mean
    The number of the people working in the fields was greater than that of people vacationing abroad.


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    #2

    Re: more people working

    Only (a) and the sentence in black at the bottom sound natural to me. (b), (c) and (d) are cumbersome.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: more people working

    'People working in the fields were more than those vacationing abroad.'

    Not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: more people working

    a and c are acceptable.

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    #5

    Re: more people working

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'People working in the fields were more than those vacationing abroad.'
    No, this is not good. You're talking about the number of people, not the people.

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