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    A great number of, A large number of, A number of

    Could you distinguish these for me: A great number of/ A large number of/ A number of + N plural
    I wonder if they are the same or not?

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    Re: A great number of, A large number of, A number of

    Please write two or three sentences of your own and we will comment on them.

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    Re: A great number of, A large number of, A number of

    1. A number of people study English nowadays.
    2. A large number of schools open in October.

    Because i seldom see " A great number of" instead of " A (large) number of", I would like to ask if three of them have the same meaning or not.
    Last edited by Son Ho; 12-Jun-2016 at 04:14.

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    Re: A great number of, A large number of, A number of

    Quote Originally Posted by Son Ho View Post
    Could you distinguish these for me?: A great number of/ A large number of/ A number of + plural noun
    I wonder if they are the same.
    They mean the same thing:

    - a lot of
    - many
    - quite a few

    All are interchangeable. None has a specific number associated with it.

    The adjectives large and great add emphasis but don't change the meaning.
    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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