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Hello all,

I want to make sure whether or not my understanding is correct.

Assume I have a statement as follows.

"Andy has 3 times more pens than Bob has. What does it mean?"

Which one is the corrct understanding?

Option 1:

"Andy has 3 times more pens than Bob has. What does it mean?"

If Bob has 10 pens then Andy has 40 pens.

(calculation: The excess is obtained from "3 times the number of Bob's". The number of Andy's is equal to the number of Bob's plus the excess.)

Option 2:

"Andy has 3 times more pens than Bob has. What does it mean?"

If Bob has 10 pens then Andy has 30 pens.

(calculation: The number of Andy's is obtained from "3 times the number of Bob's".)

Thank you in advance.

I want to make sure whether or not my understanding is correct.

Assume I have a statement as follows.

"Andy has 3 times more pens than Bob has. What does it mean?"

Which one is the corrct understanding?

Option 1:

"Andy has 3 times more pens than Bob has. What does it mean?"

If Bob has 10 pens then Andy has 40 pens.

(calculation: The excess is obtained from "3 times the number of Bob's". The number of Andy's is equal to the number of Bob's plus the excess.)

Option 2:

"Andy has 3 times more pens than Bob has. What does it mean?"

If Bob has 10 pens then Andy has 30 pens.

(calculation: The number of Andy's is obtained from "3 times the number of Bob's".)

Thank you in advance.

Comments

AvangiIf you say "he has three times again as mamy" then it could be 10 plus the 30, for a total of 40.

BarbaraPAThanks for replying.

Just need a confirmation:

According to your comment.

Case 1.

"Andy has three times as many pens as Bob has" --> If Bob has x pens then Andy has 3x pens.

Case 2.

"Andy has three times again as many pens as Bob has" --> If Bob has x pens then Andy has 4x (=x+3x) pens.

Other things to discuss:

I want to make a question for each case.

The answer in question is sandwiched by a pair of braces.

Case 1.

"Andy has (three times) as many pens as Bob has"

Case 2.

"Andy has (three times) again as many pens as Bob has"

May you help me to make the correct question sentence for each case ?

Thank you.

YoyoimutI hate to be a jackass too. So I asked it here.

Anyway, how can you avoid the plague?

YoyoimutAndy Bob

3 1

60 20

12 4

And so on.

CJ

CalifJimThere are three times as many Bob's pens as Andy's pens ? (Actually I am still confused with this kind of pattern).

Thank you.

YoyoimutThere are three times as many pens as pencils is fine though. 30 pens, 10 pencils.

BarbaraPAI had interpreted "There are three times as many pens as pencils." as there are 10 pens and 30 pencils.

Yoyoimut