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    Can we say this?

    I want to say something is 2.5 times that of last year, and hopefully without a verb.Can I say : It is growing at a growth rate of 2.5 times. Or can I say: It is growing at a increased times of 2.5 times? I just find it not so sound to my ear, because there are two time in the same sentence.

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    Re: Can we say this?

    Compared to last year’s growth rate, it is 2.5 times bigger.

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    Re: Can we say this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reemy View Post
    Compared to last year’s growth rate, it is 2.5 times bigger.
    Well, no, it's not.
    Compared to last year’s growth rate, it is 1.5 times bigger.

    It's 3.5 times bigger if it's 2.5 times as big.
    If last year's rate is given an index of 100, this year's rate is 250 if it is 2.5 times that of last year.
    If it is 2.5 times bigger, it is bigger by 250. That makes it 350 (3.5 times as big as last year). But, in fact, it is only 1.5 times (150) bigger than 100. Something that is 250 is 1.5 times bigger than something which is 100.

    To the original question, you can say either of the above, but taking two points, 100 and 250, a year apart is not really grounds for saying what the growth rate is doing. Ignoring that, you could say:
    "It is growing at a rate of 150% per year".
    "It is growing by 1.5 times per year".

    With a growth rate of say, 10%, on a capital of $100 you will have $110 after the first year, and $121 after the second.
    With a growth rate of 150%, on a capital of $100, you will have $250 at the end of the first year (2.5 times as much as last year) and $625 at the end of the second year (250 + 150% of 250) = (250 + 375) = 625.

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    Re: Can we say this?

    Thanks, but the point is I want to use time instead of percentage.
    So, I used the increasing multiple, because we can use at a increasing multiple of...

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    Re: Can we say this?

    Quote Originally Posted by AUTOMOON View Post
    Thanks, but the point is I want to use time instead of percentage.
    So, I used the increasing multiple, because we can use at a increasing multiple of...
    I've given a version using "times":
    "It is growing by 1.5 times per year".

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    Re: Can we say this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I've given a version using "times":
    "It is growing by 1.5 times per year".
    I can't say "grow", either.
    The sentence should be " It imported 2.2 tons of sth, .... 2.5 times.

    According to what I posted, I can say " It importd 2.2 tons of sth, with a growth multiple of 2.5 times.

    And I think this can be a satisfactory end of the discussion.

    Long time no see, Raymott. I have added you to my msn, haven't I ?

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