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Hi,
I get confused by the sentence" The population of the village has increased by 150 to 50." Would you please tell me what it means?
Thanks!

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It is unclear since if the population of a village has grown by 150 additional people, it would be more than 50 living there.
I am wondering if "%" or per cent has been omitted: The population of the village has increased by 150% to 50.

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Hi,
Thanks! I agree with your opinion. However, I also got confused by your correct sentence: The population of the village has increased by 150% to 50. IF there were 100 persons in the village. Then it has become 250 persons. 50 means the number that it has inecreased. Does it mean that?
I appreciate your patience to solve my puzzle.

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Something is wrong with the sentence, but it's difficult to identify just what.
That's why the sentence is so confusing!

To increase by 150% to a total of 50 inhabitants implies very few inhabitants previously; "increase by between 50 to 150" was another possibility I thought the author may have meant, but to be honest without a lot more context, I cannot think what is really meant.

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Originally Posted by mayclaire
Hi,
Thanks! I agree with your opinion. However, I also got confused by your correct sentence: The population of the village has increased by 150% to 50. IF there were 100 persons in the village. Then it has become 250 persons. 50 means the number that it has inecreased. Does it mean that?
I appreciate your patience to solve my puzzle.
The population of the village has increased by 150% to 50 means there are 50 inhabitants now; before now, there were only 20 people living there. 150% out of 20 is 30; 20 (previous number of people) + 30 (increased rate of people, ie by 150%) = 50 people in total now.

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I've got it! Thank both of you for your explicit explanations. You have helped me out of the confusion. I've got a lot from your help!
Thanks!

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