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    #1

    "excessive" number of visitors?

    Hi,

    Can "excessive" be used as an adjective for words like "number", meaning 'more than usual', or 'too many'? If not, then how can it be put to suggest the same point?

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    #2

    Re: "excessive" number of visitors?

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: "excessive" number of visitors?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,

    Can "excessive" be used as an adjective for words like "number", meaning 'more than usual', or 'too many'? If not, then how can it be used to suggest the same point?
    It certainly works for too many. (Most people most of the time would simply say too many.)
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    Re: "excessive" number of visitors?

    You will also see the plural- excessive numbers of tourists are ruining some cities, etc.

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    #5

    Re: "excessive" number of visitors?

    Thanks for all useful replies.

    Is there any other common word (adjective) meaning the same as "excessive" in the context given above?

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    #6

    Re: "excessive" number of visitors?

    How about:

    high
    unexpectedly high
    overwhelming
    deluge (without number of)
    flood
    Influx
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    #7

    Re: "excessive" number of visitors?

    The last three of those are not adjectives. Deluge/flood/influx of visitors work, but they are nouns here.

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