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    Grammar

    What does the first part of this sentence mean and what is the grammar rule for it?
    Thanks in advance.

    ''During a speed-dating event, for every 2.5 centimeters taller a man is than his peers,the number of women who want to meet him goes up by about 5 percent, according to University of Essex researchers.''


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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by erdogan kizilkale View Post
    What does the first part of this sentence mean and what is the grammar rule for it?
    Thanks in advance.

    ''During a speed-dating event, for every 2.5 centimeters taller a man is than his peers,the number of women who want to meet him goes up by about 5 percent, according to University of Essex researchers.''
    speed-dating event = a social occasion when single men and women gather together, and each man and woman spends a brief time together at a table during which time they must find out as much as they can about each other. At the end, individuals can decide if they would like to say anyone again on a proper date.

    This research shows that those men who are taller [by at least 2.5 cms] than others in the room are more attractive to the women.


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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    speed-dating event = a social occasion when single men and women gather together, and each man and woman spends a brief time together at a table during which time they must find out as much as they can about each other. At the end, individuals can decide if they would like to say anyone again on a proper date.

    This research shows that those men who are taller [by at least 2.5 cms] than others in the room are more attractive to the women.
    Thanks Anglika,
    but shouldn't ''for every 2.5 centimeters taller a man is than his peers,.....'' be read as ''for every man taller 2,5 centimetres than his peers,..........''?


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    Re: Grammar

    for [every 2.5 centimeters taller] [a man is] than his peers,

    Because the report is suggesting that for each 2.5 cms/1 inch taller that men are than their peers, so their attractiveness to women exponentially increases, this phrasing is in fact correct.

    [If a man is 2.5 cms taller than other men in a room, the number of women who want to meet him is 5 per cent more than for the other men;if he is 5 cms taller, then 10 per cent more women want to meet him, and so on.]


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