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    Outnumber

    "In our office the women outnumber the men three to one."

    Does the above sentence mean there are more women than men and the number of women is 3 and the men is one?

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    Re: Outnumber

    It means the ratio is three to one, so there may be three women and one man, six women and two men, nine women and three men, etc.

    There are three times as many women as men.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 11-Nov-2019 at 00:29. Reason: Fix typos.

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    Re: Outnumber

    However, the idea that there are three women and one man is unlikely to be expressed in this way- why would you express that as a ratio?

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    Re: Outnumber

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    However, the idea that there are three women and one man is unlikely to be expressed in this way- why would you express that as a ratio?
    Hi Tdol,
    Then what's the correct meaning?

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