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    smt. was higher than that of France

    Hi,

    I want to ask a question. I see that on some videos like this using: The number of university in Japan was higher than that of France. In this case why do we put into sentence that of France ? I mean we can write just smt. was greater than France or basically, both of them include the ditto meaning?

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    Re: smt. was higher than that of France

    Quote Originally Posted by jammyfellow View Post
    Hi,

    I want to ask a question. I see that on some videos like this using: The number of universities in Japan was higher than that of in France. In this case, why do we put into sentence "that of in France?" I mean we can write just smt. "was greaterthan France." or basically, both of them include the ditto meaning?
    "That in France" corresponds to the number of universities in Japan. Otherwise, you would potentially be comparing a number with a country.

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    Re: smt. was higher than that of France

    Jammyfellow, 'smt' is unacceptable as an abbreviation for 'something'.

    Please write the word in full.

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    Re: smt. was higher than that of France

    I used to be confused like the OP until I thought in the following way:

    'The number of universities in Japan was higher than the number of universities in France.'
    'The number of universities in Japan was higher than that in France.'
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: smt. was higher than that of France

    Whenever you use a pronoun it's a good idea to do a check like this. For example, in another post - by the same OP - the it in
    Above 350.000 was spent by the French on computers while for the UK,it accounted for 350.000.
    doesn't refer to anything.

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