# Thread: One Statistic vs. Some statistics

1. ## One Statistic vs. Some statistics

Hello =)

I am new to this forum and quite happy that I may have found a place where all my tricky questions might be answered. Being a student of English, I am very interested in improving my English skills, so any help is really appreciated.

I just came across an expression that sounded strange in my ears: The author of a newspaper article was talking about "one statistic". At university, I learnt that the term was usually only used with some (as in some statistics"). So, I was wondering if (and probably why) this is correct =) I'm not allowed to say a statistic, am I?

2. ## Re: One Statistic vs. Some statistics

I think it can mean one number in statistics data.

3. ## Re: One Statistic vs. Some statistics

sounds good, but I think the context means something different;

the context is the following: One telling statistic: the city now boasts more billionaires than any other [...]

Or is this really just referring to one number here? *clueless me ^^*

4. ## Re: One Statistic vs. Some statistics

Originally Posted by startrip
sounds good, but I think the context means something different;

the context is the following: One telling statistic: the city now boasts more billionaires than any other [...]

Or is this really just referring to one number here? *clueless me ^^*

This is quite common usage in newspaper articles etc. There can be many different types of "statistic", number of billionaires in a given place, as in your text: number of cars in circulation: number of dogs per head of population etc. The text is simply saying that this is one statistic amongst others.

5. ## Re: One Statistic vs. Some statistics

that's quite logical, thank you. So if I am to tell the difference between some statistics and one statistic I simply say that some statistics refers to more than one and one statistic ( as the one already implies) just refers to one number/one statement within statistics?

Yes.

7. ## Re: One Statistic vs. Some statistics

awesome =) Thanks a lot!

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