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    #1

    triple vs three times

    Hello
    Would you please tell me what is the difference between the first three sentences with the fourth one?

    - The cost of air freighting the goods is triple their manufacturing cost.
    - The cost of air freighting the goods is three times more than their manufacturing cost.

    - The cost of air freighting the goods is three times as much as their manufacturing cost.

    - The cost of air freighting the goods has seen a three fold rise relative to their manufacturing cost.

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    Re: triple vs three times

    Only the first and third ones are natural. I prefer the first one.
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    Re: triple vs three times

    Quote Originally Posted by majid72 View Post
    three times more than
    I take it to mean 'four times as much as'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: triple vs three times

    The link worked oddly for me.

    - The cost of air freighting the goods is triple their manufacturing cost.
    - The cost of air freighting the goods is three times more than their manufacturing cost.

    - The cost of air freighting the goods is three times as much as their manufacturing cost.

    - The cost of air freighting the goods has seen a three fold rise relative to their manufacturing cost. -This meaning is completely different from the others.

    Last year it cost $10 to make something and $10 to send it.
    The price to manufacture it went up $2. Now it costs $12 to make it.
    The price to ship it went up $6. Now it costs $16 to ship it.

    The amount it costs to ship it went up 6, the amount it costs to make it went up 2 - that means there was a threefold rise relative to the manufacturing costs.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: triple vs three times

    What happened to the original post?
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    #6

    Re: triple vs three times

    The double arrow icon in the quote box in post#2 is a link to the original post.
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    Re: triple vs three times

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    What happened to the original post?
    I have merged the threads.

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