# Thread: Twice as many balls are remaining as there are runs on the board.

1. ## Twice as many balls are remaining as there are runs on the board.

A cricket match is going on and the players have to score ten runs in twenty balls so what would we say?

"They need half as many runs as there are balls remaining."

"Twice as many balls are remaining as there are runs on the board."

2. ## Re: Twice as many balls are remaining as there are runs on the board.

It's unlikely we'd use either of them. We'd say "They need ten runs off twenty balls".

Note that your first suggestions does hold the same meaning and is grammatically correct.
The second suggestion has a different meaning. The "runs on the board" denote the number of runs the team has already made, not how many they need to win.

3. ## Re: Twice as many balls are remaining as there are runs on the board.

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
It's unlikely we'd use either of them. We'd say "They need ten runs off twenty balls".

Note that your first suggestions does hold the same meaning and is grammatically correct.
The second suggestion has a different meaning. The "runs on the board" denote the number of runs the team has already made, not how many they need to win.
Yes, they have scored some runs and the remaining runs that have to be scored are ten in twenty balls.

4. ## Re: Twice as many balls are remaining as there are runs on the board.

Yes, I understood the concept the first time. Do you understand that "the runs on the board" does not mean the same as "the runs the team need to score to win"?

5. ## Re: Twice as many balls are remaining as there are runs on the board.

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
Yes, I understood the concept the first time. Do you understand that "the runs on the board" does not mean the same as "the runs the team need to score to win"?
Yes, but I meant the runs that this team (that is batting at the moment) has put on the board so far. Is it incorrect?

6. ## Re: Twice as many balls are remaining as there are runs on the board.

"Twice as many balls are remaining as there are runs on the board" only works if there are twenty balls remaining but the batting team have only scored ten runs so far.

7. ## Re: Twice as many balls are remaining as there are runs on the board.

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
"Twice as many balls are remaining as there are runs on the board" only works if there are twenty balls remaining but the batting team have only scored ten runs so far.
Yes, this is the scenario. They have scored ten runs and they have to score ten more in twenty balls.

8. ## Re: Twice as many balls are remaining as there are runs on the board.

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
It's unlikely we'd use either of them. We'd say "They need ten runs off twenty balls".
My question may seem irrelevant or rudimentary but I really want to know what "off" means in the above sentence.

9. ## Re: Twice as many balls are remaining as there are runs on the board.

It means the same as 'They need 10 runs from 20 balls'.

10. ## Re: Twice as many balls are remaining as there are runs on the board.

Originally Posted by tufguy
Yes, this is the scenario. They have scored ten runs and they have to score ten more in twenty balls.
If they have scored ten so far, that does not tell us how many they have to score.

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