...are almost double those ...

LQZ

Senior Member
Mandarin
The report states, “In addition to health and safety risks for mothers and newborns, hospital charges for a Caesarean delivery are almost double those for a vaginal delivery, imposing significant costs.” ---taken from the NYT

Dear all,

In my mind, "A are almost double than B ' is common used to convey the reporter's idea. I am wondering whether 'A are almost double B' works for your native ear too. Could you clear up my doubt? Thanks.


LQZ
 
  • Cypherpunk

    Senior Member
    US, English
    The phrase A are almost double than B is not used. We don't use than in this construction.
    It is perfectly acceptable to say hospital charges are almost double those (charges) for vaginal delivery.
     
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