Hunting is the reason for the reduced number (numbers) ...

Discussion in 'English Only' started by cheshire, Jan 6, 2007.

  1. cheshire

    cheshire Senior Member

    اليابان
    Catholic (Cat-holic, not Catholic)
    Hunting is the reason for the reduced numbers and probable extinction of animals such as the blue whale and the giant panda.
    Can we replace "numbers" with "number"?
     
  2. jennijenni

    jennijenni Senior Member

    Tampa, Florida, USA
    American English (AE) / USA
    I like "reduced number" better in this context because "of animals" refers to BOTH "the reduced number of animals" and "the probable extinction of animals."
     
  3. Hockey13

    Hockey13 Senior Member

    Irvine, California
    AmEnglish/German
    I agree, though numbers doesn't sound completely wrong.
     
  4. cheshire

    cheshire Senior Member

    اليابان
    Catholic (Cat-holic, not Catholic)
    When you say "numbers" there, you imagine each animals, while with "number" you take it as abstract concept. Is that right?



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