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    than the beginning of the first quarter


    *At the end of the fourth quarter, compared to the beginning of the first quarter. the monthly profit of Acme Sports Cars decreased to £35,000 by two times, while that of Branson Motors increased to £60,000 by three times.

    Can the underlined represent the graph's trend? Can "by two times" and "by two times " describe "
    compared to the beginning of the first quarter" respectively or is it too complicated?
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    Re: than the beginning of the first quarter

    Use "doubled" and "tripled." We don't say "by two times" or "by three times."

    Your first sentence is not a sentence. You want a comma, not a period.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: than the beginning of the first quarter

    I think in this case of reduction, it should be "halved", not "doubled".

    At the end of the fourth quarter, compared to the beginning of the first quarter, the monthly profit of Acme Sports Cars halved to £35,000, while that of Branson Motors tripled to £60,000.

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    Re: than the beginning of the first quarter

    You're right. I didn't read carefully. Sorry.
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    Re: than the beginning of the first quarter

    You could say, "Over the four quarters covered by the graph, the monthly profit ..."
    You'd want to point out the dramatic slump in the second quarter by Acme (since that is where the loss was).

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