# Thread: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

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.

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!

3. ## Re: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

How can 3 be correct? Do you know the meaning of "twice"?

4. ## 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!

5. ## Re: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

Skewed logic indeed!

6. ## Re: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

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

7. ## Re: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
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.

8. ## Re: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

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

9. ## Re: "three times as much as" or "twice more than"

Originally Posted by xxwzs
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.

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