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flowersophy

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Chinese-China
Hi,
A: Except those small shops, all enterprises in the district have more people than us.
B: Except those small shops, all the other enterprises in the district have more people than us.

"Us" mentioned above refers to the employees from the local work safety bureau.

Which sentence is correct?

Many thanks!
 
  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    Enterprise/enterprises can be a substitute for "business/businesses",
    "the other" is not necessary, but is often used
    Neither sentence is idiomatic - "people" is too vague a word - it sounds as if the enterprises and you have all taken people prisoner, or are collecting people.
     

    flowersophy

    Senior Member
    Chinese-China
    Enterprise/enterprises can be a substitute for "business/businesses",
    "the other" is not necessary, but is often used
    Neither sentence is idiomatic - "people" is too vague a word - it sounds as if the enterprises and you have all taken people prisoner, or are collecting people.
    PaulQ, thanks for your reply! The speaker meant that his bureau has too few staff to inspect the work safety of all the enterprises in the district very well.
    So, how should he say it in English?
     

    PaulQ

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    English - England
    He should use the word "staff"... not "people."

    (What do you mean by "those small shops"? Is the speaker pointing at the shops?)
     
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