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    #1

    "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

    Given A=9 and B=3, which of the below exactly give(s) the mathematical relation between A and B?
    1. A is three times as much as B.
    2. A is three times more than B.
    3. A is twice more than B.
    According to my knowledge from grammars, 1 and 3 both work well. But some of my colleagues point out that they were told 1 and 2 correct by their foreign teachers.
    Who is correct? Thanks a lot.
    Last edited by xxwzs; 13-Apr-2016 at 07:33. Reason: lack of "to"

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    #2

    Re: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

    For me, "A is 3 times B". Mind you, I was no maths whizzkid at school!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

    How can 3 be correct? Do you know the meaning of "twice"?
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    Re: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

    I can see some skewed logic with 3, given that it says "twice more". If you take the number 3 and add it to itself twice, you get 9!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

    Skewed logic indeed!
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    #6

    Re: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    How can 3 be correct? Do you know the meaning of "twice"?
    Twice means two times, right?
    So, you uphold 1 and 2?

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    Re: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I can see some skewed logic with 3, given that it says "twice more". If you take the number 3 and add it to itself twice, you get 9!
    What do you mean "skewed logic"? I can't fathom it.

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    #8

    Re: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

    This has been discussed many times in the forum. Here is one thread: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...twice-as-often

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    #9

    Re: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

    Quote Originally Posted by xxwzs View Post
    What do you mean "skewed logic"? I can't fathom it.
    Two times the original = twice
    Added to the original = more

    Not saying I agree, but that is the thinking.
    Last edited by SoothingDave; 13-Apr-2016 at 13:09.

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